PORT ALLEN – A 28-year-old man who found shot to death in the closet of his home on Burbridge Street early Thursday is the city’s first homicide victim in four years, authorities said.
Investigators released few details regarding the killing of Fatrell Queen, saying they don't want to hinder their efforts to capture whoever shot Queen in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday as he hid in his bedroom closet.
"We don't want (the suspects) to know what we know," Assistant District Attorney Tony Clayton told reporters outside Queen's home in the 800 block of Burbridge Street Thursday. "They're collecting evidence now and the next phase is to put that together."
Queen's death is the city's first homicide in four years, according to Port Allen Police Chief Esdron Brown.
"We have a real safe community over here," Brown said. "I'm disappointed. I hate to see something like this happen."
Brown said his officers were dispatched to the crime scene around 5 a.m. Thursday after receiving a 9-1-1 call from neighbors who reported hearing multiple gunshots coming from Queen's home.
Port Allen officers arrived to find Queen dead in his bedroom closet. Brown said there was no sign of forced entry.
Investigators said they don't know if anyone else lived at the address with Queen, but no one else was at the home when police arrived on the scene.
Family, neighbors and friends of the victim filled the street as local authorities spent well into the afternoon gathering evidence at the crime scene. Most declined comment to The Advocate about Queen's murder.
Brown said the victim has an "extensive" criminal history that mostly involves drug-related offenses.
According to court records, Queen was set to stand trial Nov. 16 for several felony drug possession charges. Court records also show drug possession arrests dating as far back as 2013.