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Shooting near Melville results in one dead and one injured

According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, on 2/15/2022 at 7:28PM, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the 9400 block of Hwy. 105 Melville, La. relative to a shooting. Initial responding deputies located victim Wade Edward Smith unresponsive and a second victim, James Preston Allen Vaughn near a burnt vehicle.  The investigation revealed that Wade Edward Smith had died from a shooting that occurred on Hwy. 105. James Preston Allen Vaughn was transported to Lafayette General Medical Center from injuries sustained from the incident. Investigators have identified a person of interest and the investigation is on-going.  No other information is being released at this time.

On behalf Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux.

Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux
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