July 13, 2017

Bogalusa Police Make Arrest for Murder of MS Man

Bogalusa Police Department Public Information Officer Major Percy Knight reported that last night (July 12, 2017), BPD arrested Dakeithan Dantel Matthews (21) of Bogalusa on a warrant for First Degree Murder.  The arrest was made after a traffic stop was initiated on South Dauphine Street in Bogalusa in which he was a passenger in the vehicle.
Matthews is charged with the murder of Jon Kelly Smith of Lumberton, Mississippi on Saturday (July 1, 2017).
On July 1, 2017, BPD received a call of someone being shot on Bund Street near Sullivan Drive. When the officers arrived, the victim and the suspect(s) were no longer on the scene. A short time later, BPD received a call from someone who witnessed a black male discard a black object in a trash can in the 1700 block of St. Louis Street. Officers located a black check book in the trash can that belonged to the wife of the victim.
BPD then received a call from Pearl River County Sheriff's Department who had learned the victim had been in Bogalusa to collect a debt and that the victim had been robbed and shot three times. PRCS reported Smith had died from the gunshot wounds.

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