St. Martinville, LA – Tuesday morning at approximately 1:15 a.m., Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shooting in the 1300 block of East Stephensville Road, in Stephensville, LA. Upon arrival, Deputies discovered a male victim who had sustained gunshot wounds and he was subsequently transported to an area hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.
An investigation into the incident was initiated and Investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office discovered that a St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Deputy who was responding to the scene, noticed a dark colored vehicle traveling towards Morgan City from the Stephensville area at a high rate of speed. Morgan City Police Department was notified and shortly after, Morgan City Police Officers spotted the vehicle as it entered Lake End Park. They initiated a traffic stop and shortly after the vehicle stopped, two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot. A third occupant in the vehicle, Devonte Breaux, was detained by Officers and a search was immediately initiated for the two that fled.
At 3:30 a.m., the first of the two suspects that fled, Nathanial Washington, was apprehended by Deputies when he was discovered hiding in a dumpster in the park. The second suspect, Matthew Harrigan, turned himself in to authorities with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office shortly before noon. Investigators suspect that robbery was the initial motive.
All three were arrested and charged as follows:
Devonte Michael Breaux, 19, Morgan City-1 Count-La. R.S. 14:27:30-Attempted First Degree Murder
Nathaniel Washington, 37, Morgan City-1 Count-La. R.S. 14:27:30-Attempted First Degree Murder
Matthew Vincent Harrigan, 23, Morgan City-1 Count-La. R.S. 14:27:30-Attempted First Degree Murder
Following their arrests, they were all booked in to the Morgan City Jail. Matthew Harrigan was subsequently transported to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center where he was booked in on the above charge and the remaining two will be extradited at a later date. At the time of this release, no bond had been set.