Kentwood, La. (NBC 33) — It's been a wild week for residents of the small town of Kentwood..
"i just saw police cars going real fast," said Orlethia Cooper, who lives in Kentwood.
Since last Thursday, 36-year old Kahunda Magee has evaded capture, and lured law enforcement into a manhunt deep in the woods near the Tangipahoa, Washington Parish line. People who live nearby in Kentwood, remain on edge, as Magee remains on the loose.
"Nobody lives in my house but me and my two grandkids," Cooper said. "I'm very nervous."
"We don't know where he's located. If he's in those woods, he could be in Osyka, Magnolia," said Tywiana Jenkins, who lives in Osyka, Miss. "I'm scared for my life. I'm a single parent. I have two kids, I stay by myself. It's a worry to me."
Magee is considered armed and dangerous. Tangipahoa deputies said he's already shot and injured a police dog that was hot on his trail. In addition to that, he's charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer, rape and kidnapping, from events in Washington Parish.
Authorities said they have Magee surrounded within a three to four mile area, and will not stop until he's caught.
Until then, the best advice is to be on alert and secure your home at all times.