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July 28, 2023

Second Incident of Shots Fired North of Franklinton/Suspect Caught in Franklinton/Charged With Attempted Murder

Just after midnight and on Thursday (July 27, 2023), Deputy Norman Taylor responded to a distress call reporting gunshots on Woodrow Magee Road, contacting the complainant Leslie Davis. Davis reported that he and a female were preparing to retire for the night when they noticed two vehicles pulling into their driveway. David Lane Leblanc, also known as Lil D, was driving one vehicle and a female was driving a second vehicle. 

Davis approached the vehicles and Leblanc allegedly brandished a firearm and began firing shots in Davis' direction. In fear for his life, Davis quickly retreated towards his residence as bullets struck the ground around him.

Davis disclosed to Deputy Taylor that about a week before the incident, he had sold a broken car to Leblanc for $500. Davis had informed Leblanc about the vehicle's condition during the sale. Davis believed that this financial transaction was the primary point of contention between him and Leblanc, as the latter had been trying to get his money back or have the vehicle repaired.

The 25 year-old Leblanc was located on Plymouth Lane in Franklinton and arrested on a warrant charging him with Attempted First Degree Murder.

“I commend Deputy Norman Taylor, Deputy Caleb Odell of our patrol division, the Drug Task Force, and CID Detectives for their swift and professional response to the incident, resulting in the apprehension of a dangerous suspect. The successful resolution of this case underscores the dedication and commitment of law enforcement officers to protect and serve the community,” stated Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal.

Please note that this remains an ongoing investigation. Any individuals with additional information related to this incident are urged to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office immediately.

Press Contact: Public Information Officer Candice Carona Sledge Email: csledge@wpso.la.gov. Phone: (985) 839-3434

About the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office: The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all residents in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The office’s mission is to uphold the law, protect citizens, and work collaboratively with the community to build a safer environment for everyone.

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