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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Connection with Shots Fired Incident in Abbeville

The all clear has been given for residents of Abbeville that were asked to stay inside their homes during a shooting investigation.

Posted: Mar 31, 2021 8:44 AM
Updated: Mar 31, 2021 11:30 AM

UPDATE (3/31/2021): On March 30, 2021 at approximately 5:45 p.m. officers of the Abbeville Police Department responded to a “Shots Fired” complaint near First Guaranty Bank, which is located at the corner of LA Hwy. 14 (W. Summers Drive) and Gaurard Street. The complainant stated that there was a male subject shooting at vehicles traveling on LA Hwy. 14 (W. Summers Drive). Officers responded to the area within one minute of receiving the first call of the incident. Officers immediately began canvassing the area looking for the suspect. Officers were made aware that the suspect, after firing at vehicles, ran into the neighborhood behind the bank, and stole a vehicle from a nearby residence. The suspect then fled the area in the stolen vehicle. The suspect, later identified as 26 year old Daquintin Peoples, was later taken into custody by Lafayette Police Department.

Based on the investigation, officers have been able to determine that Mr. Peoples committed a hit and run on Charity Street in Abbeville. Mr. Peoples fled the area in his vehicle, and for unknown reasons, stopped his vehicle on the roadway, stepped out of his vehicle, and started shooting at passing vehicles. Mr. Peoples struck several vehicles traveling on the roadway. Mr. Peoples then fled the scene on foot, leaving his vehicle. Mr. Peoples stole a vehicle and fled, heading north on U.S. Hwy. 167. While traveling north, Mr. Peoples committed three more hit and runs, and stopped at a gas station in Lafayette. Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to apprehend Mr. Peoples.

Mr. Peoples was arrested on the following charges for the Abbeville Police Department:

· Hit and Run

· Theft of a Motor Vehicle

· Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (3 Counts)

· Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies

· Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (4 Counts)

· Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property (4 Counts)

· Illegal Use of Weapons (4 Counts)

· Aggravated Obstruction of a Highway

Mr. Peoples will have additional charges for crimes committed outside of the city limits of Abbeville. Chief Spearman would like to thank the following agencies for their cooperation and assistance:

· Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office

· LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division

· Louisiana State Police

· Maurice Police Department

· Lafayette Police Department

· US K9

The Abbeville Police Department is asking that anyone who have any information regarding any crime to please contact the Abbeville Police Department by calling 893-2511. You may contact our “Tips” line at 892-6777. All callers may remain anonymous. Citizens may also send anonymous tips through the Tip411 system at the department’s Facebook page @ Department/, the official web page @ by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” link provided or through the official Abbeville Police Department app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


ABBEVILLE, La. (KADN) - UPDATE (6:55 p.m.) - The all clear has been given for residents of Abbeville that were asked to stay inside their homes during a shooting investigation.

According to Abbeville Police, the person responsible has "fled the area."

Police said more details will be provided at a later time.

The Abbeville Police Department has issued an alert asking residents living west of Park Avenue to stay inside their homes.

A police spokesperson tells News15 that the department has received calls about a person firing a gun at drivers near the First Guarantee Bank on Girard Street.

Officers are in the area looking for the man.

Police described the person as a black man wearing a red or orange shirt and black or blue jeans.

They ask if residents see anything suspicious, to call 911 immediately.

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