SLIDELL,LA(NBC33) — In less than two days after one of the most horrific incidents in Slidell's history, Slidell Police have 22- year-old Jamieon Chatman in custody. Yesterday afternoon, Chatman was named as the primary suspect in Olde Town Slidell shooting incident that left two dead and six seriously wounded.
After releasing Chatman's information to the public and media outlets, several Crimestoppers tips began pouring in to law enforcement authorities. Early this morning, members from the Slidell Police Department, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and the Louisiana State Police arrested Chatman at a residence in Vermilion Parish without incident. Chatman was booked as a fugitive in the Vermilion Parish Jail, and transported back to Slidell early this morning.
Chief Randy Smith says, "I cannot be more proud of our investigators identifying this individual and having him in custody so quickly. Although we have experienced an increase in violent criminal activity, Slidell is still a very safe place; it always has been and always will be."
Shortly after midnight on Christmas Day, gun shots rang out, in Olde Town Slidell (bar district), resulting in multiple gunshot victims. According to witnesses, as the bars were closing, a fight broke out near the intersection of First Street and Cousin Street. During the altercation, several gun shots were fired into the crowd resulting in eight people being struck by bullets. Two of the victims died as a result of their injuries. The two victims were identified as 22-year old Errol Scott and 23-year-old Mark Womack, both of Slidell. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene and Womack later died at a local hospital. Contrary to earlier rumors, it is believed that both of the individuals that lost their life during this shooting were not Chatman's intended targets.
Chief Randy Smith went on to say, "I would also like to thank the numerous law enforcement agencies that assisted us with this investigation; particularly the U.S. Marshals and the Louisiana State Police. They were instrumental in helping us apprehend our suspect early this morning. We also worked closely with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, Covington Police Department, and Crimestoppers throughout the course of our investigation."
The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected to be made in relation to this case. No further details will be released about the case at this time.