Update: Suspect in Zachary shooting found by K9 in East Feliciana yard

Zachary Police Chief Darryl Lawrence

ZACHARY — It was just after 2pm on Friday, June 2 when a K9 tracked down the suspect in a Zachary shooting.

Officials say Jack Ealy, Jr., 51, of Wilson, was pursued by Zachary PD officers into East Feliciana Parish before he crashed a silver Camry on Hwy. 955.

Ealy is accused of shooting a person in the head near Main St. in Zachary on Thursday.

After he crashed his vehicle at the intersection of LA 955 and LA 957, officials said he fled on foot before the pursuing officer could apprehend him.

Investigators believe the gunmen fled to East Feliciana and crashed into a tree. A search for the gunmen is underway. (Photo submitted)

The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. in the 4200 block of New Weis Rd., off Old Baker Rd. near Main St. in Zachary.

Zachary Police Chief Darryl Lawrence tells UWK that the suspect fled to East Feliciana Parish, and police set up a perimeter along Hwy 955 and Hwy 957.

Officials say the search continued throughout the night and was going to resume Friday. As officials were gathering to resume the search, a call came into officials that the man had just been dropped off in the area of Plank Rd. near Hwy. 412. It’s how a K9 found him and he has since been arrested.

Zachary police secured an arrest warrant for Ealy Thursday night, charging him with attempted second-degree murder. The shooting victim remains in critical condition at this time, and if the victim dies, police officials say the charges will the amended to second-degree murder.

Authorities say Ealy is a convicted felon and registered sex offender. If encountered, contact 911 and report it to law enforcement. Also, if you have information concerning Ealy’s whereabouts, contact Zachary PD or EFPSO at 225-683-5459 or call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

This is a developing story and will be updated as soon as more details become available.

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