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Man shot multiple times in the chest in Coushatta; 3 suspects arrested

Victim was airlifted to Shreveport hospital for emergency surgery
Delrick Beard, 19, (left) and Johnnie Maxie Jr., 19 (right)
Delrick Beard, 19, (left) and Johnnie Maxie Jr., 19 (right)(Red River Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 12:22 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 4:24 PM CDT
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COUSHATTA, La. (KSLA) - Three suspects have been arrested after a shooting in Coushatta back on Oct. 17.

The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Monday, Oct. 25 that they’ve arrested Johnnie Maxie Jr., 19, and Delrick Beard, 19, and a 17-year-old male. All three are from Coushatta. Maxie and Beard have been booked into the Red River Parish Jail, while the juvenile was booked into Ware Youth Center.

Officials say the victim was lured to the parish under false pretenses.

Maxie is charged with attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. His bond has been set at $500,000. Beard is charged with principal to attempted second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. His bond has also been set at $500,000. Meanwhile, the juvenile is facing the same charges as Beard, however, his bond has been set at $400,000.

The investigation is ongoing.

The police chief in Coushatta says it initially happened the night of Oct. 17 on Ashland Road. The chief says the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office is working the case. Officials in Red River Parish say it happened around 11 p.m. Officers were called out for reports of shots being fired. One responding officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen, who claimed someone had been shot in the chest.

Minutes later, sheriff’s office officials say the shooting victim, a man from Bossier City in his late 30s, was found in a crashed car along Ashland Road. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. He was taken via Life Air Rescue to a Shreveport hospital, where he was rushed into emergency surgery and remains in serious condition.

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