On August 8, 2021, 21 year-old Typolia Peters, Jr. was shot and killed in the Highland Park Housing Project, as he was walking outside in the housing development. Detectives have gotten information from anonymous tipsters and have developed suspects in the shooting of Peters; however, anonymous tips are not enough to establish probable cause to make an arrest. Detectives are asking for any assistance from the public, in the form of witnesses, or statements given with viable information that can lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the death of Peters.
Fifteen days after the murder of Typolia Peters, shots rang out again, and this time claimed the life of 18 year-old Aaron Brown. Brown was murdered on the corner of Dan Street at the intersection of Hickory Avenue on August 23, 2021. Brown had only been off the school bus a short period of time before he was gunned down. As in the murder of Typolia Peters, Jr., detectives have received a good deal of anonymous tipster information, which has led to suspects being developed, but anonymous information will not establish probable cause for an arrest. Detectives need viable information or a witness to come forward, to make an arrest of the person or persons responsible for the death of Brown.
The press release from the Bogalusa Police Department states “Investigating Detectives understand the frustration of the public and fear of retaliation which comes with doing the right thing and coming forward with information. Detectives will do everything possible to protect the identity of any witnesses in either murder, in order to protect them from the threat of retaliation. Detectives will withhold their name from any written reports that may get into the hands of the perpetrators, through their attorneys, and conduct interviews in a covert way to make any witness comfortable to speak with officers.
These acts of violence are senseless and will continue and escalate over time if we as citizens don’t take a stand and demand that these shootings cease. This stand includes doing the right thing and giving any viable information that a person may have to law enforcement, so these monsters can be gotten off the streets before another life is claimed.
If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of one of these shooters, or in any crime that has been committed in our city, PLEASE do what’s right and tell an officer. You may also use Crime Stoppers by calling 504-822-1111, and remain anonymous. Remember that information provided must lead to an arrest to qualify for a reward. If you wish, you may leave your information on the BPD tip line, by dialing 985-732-6238 and pressing option 9. If you leave your name and telephone number, a detective will call you back, and YOUR IDENTITY WILL BE PROTECTED.”