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Suspect In Abbeville Shooting Remains at Large After High Speed Chase

Officers ask that residents avoid the area and use caution on Nation Road north of Rayne.

Posted: Oct 28, 2021 2:36 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2021 6:56 PM

RAYNE, La. (KADN) -  According to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office, officers have cleared the scene of a search for a possibly armed suspect near Rayne.

The suspect, Jame Davis of Abbeville, remains at large on felony warrants related to a recent Abbeville shooting.

The Abbeville Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle Davis was driving.

The vehicle, once officers initiated their emergency overhead lights, failed to stop.

While officers had their emergency lights and sirens on, the vehicle continued to flee. The vehicle swerved into the “push bumpers” of one of the marked police units, causing damage to the unit as well as the rear bumper of the vehicle Davis was driving. Officers continued to chase the vehicle throughout the city.

Officers then pursued the vehicle outside of the city limits. The vehicle traveled to LA Hwy. 339, where it headed north. Officers pursued the vehicle through the outskirts of Youngsville, Milton and Maurice. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle when it traveled to LA Hwy. 699, then north to Duson, then to Rayne.

At various points during the pursuit, Davis drove in excess of 100 mph on residential roadways, and attempted to ram police vehicles off of the road. The vehicle went off of the roadway in Rayne near I10, where it drove on the levee. The vehicle stopped in a field near the levee and the driver fled on foot, crossing I10.

K9 officers with the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office and Rayne Police Department started a track to attempt to find Davis. Officers were unable to locate  Davis at this time.

Davis is wanted on the following charges:

· Arrest Warrant for Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery Involving Domestic Abuse with Child Endangerment

· Arrest Warrant for Obstruction of Justice

· Arrest Warrant for Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities

· Arrest Warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies

· Arrest Warrant for Possession of a Firearm in a Firearm-Free Zone

Additional charges stemming from this pursuit are also pending.  Davis should be considered armed and dangerous. If anyone locates, Davis, the Abbeville Police Department is asking that you contact your local law enforcement and do not attempt to confront him.

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