BRPD: Man, 20, killed in accidental shooting _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Two people console one another on the scene of a shooting death under investigation by Baton Rouge police the morning of Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 4965 Jefferson Avenue near N. Foster Drive.

A 20-year-old man was accidentally killed on Saturday afternoon when he and an acquaintance were looking at a gun in a Baton Rouge home’s storage room, according to police.

The two men were in a home in the 4900 block of Jefferson Avenue when the gun went off about 12:30 p.m., said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. A single bullet struck Demarcus Rheams in the chest, and he died at the scene, according to McKneely.

Jawan Billy, 19, was holding the gun when it was fired, McKneely said. Billy remained at the scene and was detained for questioning, McKneely said.

“They didn’t have problems before,” McKneely added of the two men. “It wasn’t purposely done.”

Billy was booked Saturday into Parish Prison on counts of negligent homicide and illegal use of a stolen weapon.

Man booked in attempted rape

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested a 35-year-old man accused of trying to rape a woman who had gone into his apartment to use the bathroom.

The victim was at a party on Jan. 1 when she walked into the adjacent apartment of an acquaintance, Sergio Gomez, according to an arrest warrant. Gomez barged into the bathroom, pulled his pants down and grabbed the victim, detectives said.

A partygoer was able to thwart the attack after hearing the victim scream, the warrant says.

Gomez, 8946 GSRI Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked Friday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted simple rape.

Seven booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Willem Coats, 25, 18021 Jefferson Ridge Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage and speeding.

Raven Foster, 44, 5835 Silverleaf Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and driving left of center.

Nichole Gee, 37, 4848 Windsor Village Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and possession of alcohol in the vehicle.

Jessica Jarrell, 27, 8749 Aubin Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, failure to signal, speeding and driver’s license not in possession.

Lavelle Morgan, 51, 11315 Mill Creek Lane, Slaughter, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required, tail lamps required and reckless operation.

Francisco Guzman Victoriano, 21, 7950 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and reckless operation.

Kenneth Wilkinson, 62, 1340 La. 75, Sunshine, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and following too close.

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