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EPSO captures fugitive; responds to shots fired

By: TONY MARKS
Associate Editor

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau has released statements regarding to two recent calls to which deputies responded.
The first release was in connection with a fugitive being captured on the Whiteville Road. “Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017, deputies discovered a male subject fitting the description of Matthew Deville who was wanted by the Lafayette Police Department for Second Degree Robbery near the 3900 Block of the Whiteville Road,” Soileau said in the statement. “After a positive identification was made, deputies and the wanted subject ensued in a foot pursuit.”
“Shortly after, Deville was located inside a culvert of a ditch,” Soileau continued in the statement. “He was ordered by deputies on scene to exit the culvert to which he complied. Deville was peacefully detained and transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Battery of a Police Officer and Resisting an Officer. Since then Deville has made bail and was transferred to Lafayette to face charges of Second Degree Robbery.”
The second statement released by Sheriff Soileau is in connection with shots being fired on Timkey Lane behind Burger King. “Mid-morning Wednesday, October 4, 2017, deputies were dispatched to the area of the 1000 Block of Timkey Lane in Ville Platte for shots fired,” said the sheriff. “Deputies arrived and spoke to a male subject who admitted that he had been firing shots off in the air from his personal hand gun.”
“Deputies spoke with the male subject in reference to the dangers of firing off rounds from a gun in a residential area,” continued Soileau. “The subject had no intent of harming anyone and didn’t realize the dangers of firing the weapon into the air. He was issued a summons for Illegal Discharge of a Firearm.”

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