Kirby Thomas

NAPOLEONVILLE — A Paincourtville man suspected in an Assumption Parish shooting Jan. 5 that killed a local rapper and seriously injured another man has claimed self-defense.

But parish Sheriff Leland Falcon said in a statement that detectives arrested the man Friday in one of those shootings and continue to investigate the other.   

Kirby Thomas, 38, was booked on a count of attempted manslaughter Friday in the wounding of Lashon Brown, 30, of Belle Rose.

The shooting happened in the front yard of Thomas' home on Greenbriar Street off La. 70 in Paincourtville.

Thomas has not been arrested in the slaying of Nehemiah Jones, 28, also of Belle Rose, Falcon said.  Jones was a local street rapper known as Duffle Bag Gudda, who lived a few miles from Thomas in the nearby area of Klotzville off La. 1. 

Brown remained Friday in serious condition in a Baton Rouge hospital, Falcon said.

Thomas, 117 Greenbriar St., was not initially arrested in the Jan. 5 shooting, though deputies said he was "involved." Hours after it happened, though, he was arrested on multiple drug counts after agents seized cocaine during a search of his home, the sheriff said. Thomas was also booked on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Thomas has been in Assumption Parish jail since then on those counts in lieu bail of $145,000, deputies said. He is awaiting bail on the attempted manslaughter count.