Teen who escaped an EBR juvenile detention center twice in November found dead

BATON ROUGE, La. – David Atkins, an 18-year-old who authorities had been searching for since November 2023, died in a double shooting on Saturday, Feb. 10.

David Atkins, who was 17 when he was arrested for murder, escaped the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center twice in November 2023 and was found dead on Washington Ave.

It was just before noon on Feb. 10 when BRPD officers were called out to the 2600-block of Washington Ave. for a double shooting, off of Plank Road. Officers responded to several shots fired and two teenagers injured.

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David Atkins died on the scene while a 17-year-old was found a block away and transported to a hospital after he was shot in the arm and foot.

The shooting happened at a home on Washington Avenue. Atkins was shot multiple times and died inside the home.

David Atkins’ escapes from juvenile detention center

Atkins was originally arrested in August 2021 in connection to the death of Gregory Cotton and the attempted murder of Kentrell Maloid, arrest documents show. A grand jury indicted him on second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges. His bond was set at $250,000.

On Nov. 14, Atkins and Jeremiah Green, both 17, escaped around 9 p.m. but were caught 24 hours later. The duo had simple escape charges added after their arrest. Green was accused of the attempted second-degree murder of Cortia Risen on Oct. 17, 2022.

Then, less than two weeks later, Atkins escaped with a different teenager, Willie Jackson. Jackson was also facing a murder charge. Since then however, Jackson was found and arrested. Atkins had been on the run.

It’s unclear at this time what led up to the double shooting that ended Atkins’ life on Feb. 10.

Anyone with information about the deadly shooting should call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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