Andre Coleman

Andre Coleman

A man wearing "ballistic protection" and wielding an AK-47 rifle gave chase to a motorist on a highway outside Tickfaw earlier this month and fired shots that wounded the victim, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

Andre Coleman, 50, of Tickfaw, was arrested on a count of attempted second-degree murder, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday. 

The release said the Sheriff's Office received a report shortly after midnight Aug. 11 about a disturbance in which a man, later identified as Coleman, was threatening to shoot another man. 

The release said the victim tried to flee in his vehicle on to Interstate 55 from La. 442, but the suspect gave chase in a separate vehicle and shot at him.

The victim was struck twice in the back, and the vehicle was struck 13 times, according to the release. 

The victim was able to escape by fleeing from his vehicle into the woods, according to the release. Once the gunman left, he called 911 and was rushed to a hospital, the release said. 

Coleman was arrested Aug. 14 at his residence while deputies were conducting a search warrant, the release said.

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