Ryan Sharpe, a 36-year-old Clinton man accused of a series of shootings in East Feliciana Parish that killed three and wounded another, was arrested Wednesday after leading authorities on a chase.
24 hours after his arrest, more light was shed into Sharpe's arrest, what he's accused of and how the East Feliciana community is reacting to the news.
Here's what we know about Sharpe and the killings:
Family members of two of the shooting victims allegedly killed by Ryan Sharpe say they don’t…
Sharpe made his first court appearance via a video hookup from East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Thursday morning after being arrested Wednesday.
19th Judicial District Court Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence read Sharpe his charges of first-degree murder, assault by drive-by shooting and illegal use of a firearm in connection to the shooting death of Carroll Breeden, 66, a former East Baton Rouge Parish Recreation and Park Commission member. Story.
Family members of Sharpe's alleged victims breathed heavy sighs of relief Thursday as the news of his arrest spread.
Joyce Bass, who found her brother-in-law Thomas Bass dead in a puddle of blood near his Highway 63 driveway July 8, described her living situation the last three months as "living like a hostage," in fear of suffering the same fate, but said she can finally rest easy with Sharpe in custody.
Stephanie Breeden, Carroll Breeden's daughter-in-law also expressed relief in the news. Story.
One of the four men Sharpe shot survived, and a WBRZ report says Sharpe did plumbing work for the surviving victim's family.
Jason Hornsby, the cousin of 47-year-old Buck Hornsby who was shot on Sept. 12 while exercising near the roadside of his property on La. 63, said Sharpe did a job on his property and was there as recently as last week.
After Buck Hornsby was shot, Jason Hornsby said Sharpe asked how his cousin was doing and told him the situation was "crazy," according to the WBRZ report. Story.
While East Feliciana Sheriff Jeff Travis said he's glad Sharpe is in custody, he knows it's still a difficult time for the small community with the investigation far from over.
"We believe that (Sharpe) is the shooter, obviously, but whether or not he had any help, we continue to investigate," Travis said.
Travis would not say if officials have identified any other people of interest in the shootings. Story.
Bill Sharpe, Ryan Sharpe's father, posted on his Facebook page Wednesday afternoon that he was hoping law enforcement had found their big break in the four shootings that had terrorized the Bluff Creek area.
When that break came, he was surprised to find out his son was the man arrested.
"I'm in total shock," Bill Sharpe, of Ethel, said. "We were close, I didn't see him everyday, but we talked occasionally and I kept up with him. But this is a total shock." Story.
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