UPDATE, 1 p.m Saturday

A fourth suspect has been arrested after an Ascension Parish shootout that left one man dead. 

Javante Haynes, 22, was arrested Saturday morning after a tip led police to the West Baton Rouge hotel room he had been staying in, police said. 

Three others, Jyvariel Harvey, 20, Kentrell Lewis, 26, and Johnathan Darville, 25, had previously been booked on counts of second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Kermit Jackson death, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said this week.

Haynes was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail and will be transferred to the Ascension Parish Jail.


PRAIRIEVILLE - A third suspect in the shooting death of 39-year-old Kermit Jackson turned himself into officials on Friday night, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Johnathan Darville, 25, was booked into Ascension Parish Jail Friday on a count of second-degree murder.

Two others, Jyvariel Harvey, 20, and Kentrell Lewis, 26, had previously been booked on counts of second-degree murder in Kermit's death, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said this week.

Authorities were still searching for another suspect, Javante Haynes, 22, who remained at large as of Friday night, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jackson, 39, was wounded during a shootout Monday on a quiet road in Geismar and died died of his injuries Thursday night.

Rachel Bueche, 37, was also arrested Thursday and booked on a count of accessory after the fact to second-degree murder, the Sheriff's Office said Friday. The Sheriff's Office did not disclose the circumstances that led to Bueche's arrest, saying it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Ascension Parish sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said two groups are believed to have been involved in the Monday shootout, near the end of Carrie Lane in the Dutchtown-Geismar area. He said the wounded man had at least one other person with him while the other group consisted of three or four people.

"I think it was gangsters with guns and cars, and vendettas and paybacks and all that stuff that we seem to encounter in America nowadays," Wiley said of the shooting. "And it happened today in a quiet little dead end road in Geismar."

Freddie and Bertha Jackson Sr., the parents of six sons including Kermit Jackson, have lost their three younger sons — two of them twins — to shootings.

"When you lose the third one, you'd think it'd be easier, but it's harder than the other two," Freddie Jackson said Friday, sitting on the front porch of his trailer home in Prairieville with his wife.

The first son was killed in 2002 when a 23-year-old son, Kim Jackson, was shot outside the Geismar fire station at a birthday party. Kim and Kermit Jackson were twins.

Their youngest son, Roman Jackson, a star basketball player at St. Amant High, died in 2004 in a drive-by shooting when he was 17 years old. The shooting happened as he sat in his car in front of a friend's house in Darrow, after a basketball game.

The parents said they get strength through their faith and family. They also have a vastly different description of the shooting victim.

"When you got these guys around here that talk to you and tell you something to make you laugh," it helps, Freddie said, referring to family members who gathered Friday. "What me and her (his wife) know is what life is all about, knowing what Christ is and what Jesus is."

"You can see how people commit suicide and jump off bridges. This here is bridge-jumping stuff," he said. "But," he added, pointing to his temple, "I know here I'm not going to do that, because of Jesus."

The Jacksons' twin sons, Kermit and Kim, had had brushes with the law before their deaths and had served some time in jail, their parents said.  

Roman Jackson, whose killer has never been found, "was as green as the grass. He didn't know anything but playing football and basketball. He'd drive his old car and stop by anybody's house and play ball," Freddie Jackson said. 

Bertha Jackson said Kermit, who lived at home, worked at different kind of jobs, anything he could find — carpentry, working at a restaurant and as a longshoreman.

"He changed recently, til all this came up," she said. "He liked to stay home."

Kermit had three sons, and his late brother Kim had a son, their parents said.

The Jacksons described their son Kim as not as "street-wise" as his twin brother. At the party where he was shot 14 years ago, he was trying to break up a fight. He was shot point-blank in the face, as was his brother Kermit, their parents said.

Bertha said that her son Kermit had gotten her a dress and a purse from one of the local charitable efforts to help flood victims. A few days before he was shot, she said her son asked why she hadn't worn the dress or used the purse.

She told him, "I'm going to wear it, Kermit, I'm going to wear it to church." 

"He was so free-hearted and friendly," she said. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Haynes is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636, text 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7868. 

Advocate reporter David Mitchell contributed to his story.

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