Vermilion Deputy Shooting Suspect Arrested, Asks For Reporter’s Phone Number [VIDEO]
Two Abbeville men connected with the shooting death of Vermilion Parish Sheriff's deputy Allen Bares, Jr. have been arrested and booked on first-degree murder charges.
19-year-old Balyon Taylor was arrested early yesterday evening and is accused with being on the scene when the shooting took place. 20-year-old Quintylon Richard was arrested later that evening at a Kaplan apartment complex without incident.
In addition to first-degree murder, Richard was also charged with unauthorized use of a movable and simple burglary.
Upon his entry to the Vermilion Parish Jail, Richard said nothing related to the shooting of the off-duty deputy, but instead used the opportunity to ask KATC reporter Allison Bourne-Vanneck for her phone number.
The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office says Bares was mowing grass on his day off and called in two suspicious people in the area off South Hospital Drive. When another deputy arrived on the scene, the off-duty deputy was found shot.
Witnesses say a gold Lexus was crashed in a nearby ditch and that two black males sped off in the off-duty deputy's truck which was later found abandoned off Mills Street in Abbeville.
Vermilion Parish authorities were aided by other law enforcement agencies including State Police for the majority of Monday night, implementing a 9:00 PM curfew for residents of Abbeville while the search for the men—believed to be armed and dangerous—continued.
Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon and Louisiana State Police will hold a press conference at 1PM following the shooting of Deputy Allen Bares, Jr.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.