Police, deputies arrest 2 in shots-fired incident

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Two men are in custody and, as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, two were still at large following a shots-fired incident on Talton Street in Minden.

“So, we have two in custody, and we have a pretty good indication of who the other two are,” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said.

 Serderrick Harris, 33, of the 200 block of Lorex Rd., Minden, is charged with home invasion, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, resisting an officer with force or violence, possession of ecstasy and drug paraphernalia. Harris also had 7 outstanding bench warrants. More charges of shots fired may be pending.

Also arrested is Gene Kemp, 28, of the 1100 block of Bayou Ave., Minden. He is charged with obstruction of justice, flight from an officer, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Cropper said around 2 p.m., the department received the call and immediately locked down schools in the surrounding area.

“Officers saw one of the individuals as he ran from us,” Cropper said. “They knew him, so we had a least one name.”

Cropper said his officers, as well as Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies were on Plum and Peach streets looking for the suspects when a woman came out of her house and told them three males had pulled into her driveway and jumped out of a vehicle.

“Two went one way and the other fled into the house across the street from her,” said the chief. “We had officers there at the time, so we knew he didn’t come out of the house.”

Cropper said officers were able to contact the suspect’s mother, who tried unsuccessfully to convince him to exit the house.

“Owners of the house were very cooperative. They gave us permission to enter – they didn’t even know the suspect,” said the chief. “They ran out when he ran in.”

Minden Police had two K9 officers on the scene. When the male suspect refused to exit the house, one of the handlers and his K9 partner entered and found the suspect in a back room.

Lt. Brandon Curry dropped Bram’s leash and the dog cornered the suspect and allegedly nipped him on the ankle.

K9 Tigo was also in the mix.

“We were looking through a trailer when two sheriff’s investigators told us the sheriff was at the emergency room,” Cropper said.

Tigo was reportedly chasing one of the suspects when Sheriff Jason Parker rounded the corner of the residence. Parker suffered three bites from the K9 officer.

“I’m OK,” Parker said. “Tigo was just doing his job, and I got in his way. When I heard what was going on, I just couldn’t stay in my office. I had to get into it – it’s in the blood. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, and Tigo thought I was the suspect.”

Cropper said an AR-type rifle was recovered, along with multiple casings inside the vehicle.

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