Arrest made in deadly Gonzales park shootout

GONZALES — One man was arrested for his alleged role in the deadly incident at Carver Park in October.

Officials say Tyedrius A. Parker was charged with one count of principal to first-degree murder and 12 counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder. Parker was initially in law enforcement custody in connection to an unrelated incident in Assumption Parish where shots were fired.

On Oct. 8, shortly after 9 p.m., Gonzales Police officers were dispatched to Carver Park, located off Tobey Street, to multiple shots fired.

Seven people were injured, including one who died. Over 70 rounds were fired during the altercation with three separate vehicles.

A few days after the incident, 13 search warrants were executed and four firearms were seized.

According to authorities, four people suffered gunshot wounds from the encounter. Three people were seriously injured, including one who died because of a motor vehicle accident in the park as people were trying to leave the park.

An abundance of physical evidence has been collected, according to law enforcement. Persons of interest have been identified, and officials anticipate making numerous arrests associated with the altercation.

“Gonzales investigators will not rush to make arrests until we have provided the District Attorney with the best prosecutable case, ensuring the responsible parties for this event can and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson.

The Gonzales Police Department is working with the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office on transferring Parker into Gonzales Police Department custody for booking on the charges previously mentioned.

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