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Arrest Made in Shooting Incident on 4/10/24 in Opelousas, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana – April 11, 2024 – The Opelousas Police Department has made an arrest in connection with the shooting incident that occurred on April 10, 2024, in the 900 block of South Union Street.
Montel Austin, identified as the boyfriend of Chelsie Goodley, has been taken into custody. Austin faces the following charges:
1 Count of Attempted Second Degree Murder (Felony)
1 Count of Possession of a Firearm by Persons Convicted of Certain Felonies (Felony)
1 Count of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II CDS, Crack Cocaine (Felony)

The incident unfolded when officers responded to a shooting complaint in the 900 block of South Union Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, Travis Robertson, aka “Sweetie,” with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Robertson was swiftly transported to Opelousas General North campus and then transferred to a second hospital for treatment.

Investigation revealed that an altercation had ensued between Robertson and Chelsie Goodley, leading to the involvement of Montel Austin, Goodley’s boyfriend. Witnesses reported that Austin exited Goodley’s vehicle and shot Robertson before fleeing the scene with Goodley.
Officers located Goodley’s vehicle shortly afterward on North Union St. Chelsie Goodley and Montel Austin. During a search, officers found beige rocks suspected to be Crack Cocaine in Austin’s possession, along with his Louisiana identification.
Both suspects were subsequently transported to the Opelousas Police Department Special Operations office for further processing.

Chief Graig LeBlanc and the Opelousas Police Department emphasizes its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the community and will continue to diligently investigate this matter.
The Opelousas Police Department is seeking assistance from the public. Anyone with information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Opelousas Police Department at 337-948-2500. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 337-948-TIPS, via email at, or through the P3 mobile App. Tipsters may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2500.00 for information leading to the identification and apprehension of those responsible.