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Man sought for fatally shooting horse

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 10:51am

Louisiana Livestock Brand Inspectors and Caddo Sheriff's Office Investigators are searching for a man, who fatally shot a horse in the northern part of Caddo Parish this weekend.  Investigators are also seeking two passengers who were in the car with the suspect at the time of the shooting.

Just after eight O' clock Saturday morning, dispatchers received a call for a horse that was shot off of North Lakeshore Drive and Roy Road.

Earlier that morning, a man noticed a loose horse crossing Blanchard Road at Martin Luther King Drive.  "He started following the horse because he thought it belonged to a friend of his," Carnie Burcham, a Louisiana Livestock Brand Inspector.

As the man continued following the horse West down Martin Luther King Drive, a man in a grey Toyota Camry pulled up next to him asking if the horse belonged to him.  The man said, "no," but that he thought it belonged to his friend.

The man had another black male and a black female in the car with him.  "The driver of the Camry then pulled over, and pointed a black handgun out the window," explained Burcham.  He fired two shots.  Officials know that at least one shot struck the horse right behind the ribcage.  After being shot, the horse walked up the hill into a construction area.

When Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, they found the horse standing still in pain at the construction site at the corner of Roy Road and North Lakeshore Drive.  Veterinarians medically-determined that the horse could not be saved, and it was humanely euthanized leaving behind a five month-old colt.

The man who shot the horse could face charges for aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal discharge of a firearm and shooting from a moving vehicle.  His two passengers could also be arrested and charged with a felony of obstruction of justice if they do not come forward with information of the incident.

The vehicle is described as a grey Toyota Camry that is missing the front left hubcap.  The suspect is described as clean-shaven with short hair and a "pretty dark complexion," according to officials.

If you have any information about these suspects, you are asked to contact the Caddo Sheriff's Office.

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