DONALDSONVILLE — A man seen brandishing a handgun and standing near another man dying from a gunshot wound to the head was arrested late Wednesday night, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies said.
Jeremy James Washington, 32, 506 Catalpa St., Donaldsonville, was booked Wednesday with counts of second-degree murder and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, deputies said in a news release Thursday.
Deputies said they searched Washington’s home, about 30 yards from where the shooting occurred on Catalpa Street in Donaldsonville, and seized crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash.
Bail has been set at $425,000 and Washington remains in jail, deputies said.
Deputies said they found Walter Carl Morris Jr., 33, 304 W. Sixth St., Donaldsonville, wounded by gunfire on Catalpa Street shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Washington was standing several feet away from Morris holding a semi-automatic pistol, deputies said.
They disarmed Washington and took him into custody, deputies said.
Morris was taken to a hospital, where he died from his wounds, deputies said.
Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said neighbors told investigators the men were known to be acquaintances.
Bacala said Washington initially told deputies arriving at the scene he and Morris were arguing and the gun went off, but later refused to further discuss the shooting with detectives.
Bacala said the shooting remains under investigation.