A man was arrested Sunday after the fatal shooting Saturday afternoon in Zachary that officials now believe was connected to a house burglary, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.
Terry Flanagan, 58, of Zachary, was arrested on counts of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, McDavid said Sunday in a news release.
Crews responded to reports of a shooting about 12:15 p.m. Saturday on Willow Creek Drive, where the victim later died at the scene, McDavid said. The victim was identified as Chadrick Brooks Spurlock.
Spurlock, 15, was a ninth grader at Zachary High School, Superintendent Scott Devillier confirmed on Sunday.
McDavid said police also arrested two other people in a burglary Saturday connected to the shooting and in at least 10 other car burglaries in the 39th Street area earlier this year.
Melvin Brooks, 18, and Dwighttess Thomas, 19, were both arrested on three counts of aggravated burglary and seven counts of simple burglary, according to police.
McDavid said Spurlock, Brooks and Thomas were allegedly burglarizing Flanagan's home before the shooting took place. Flanagan returned home and found the boys, at which point Spurlock jumped out a window, McDavid said.
Then Flanagan followed him outside and shot him in the yard before dragging his body into another yard, McDavid said.
He also said the shooting Saturday could be connected to a drive-by shooting on Chestnut Street earlier this year. No arrests have been made in the Chestnut Street incident, but McDavid said officers continue to investigate what he described as a "possible crime spree."