Leesville man arrested in connection with Vernon Parish shooting - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Leesville man arrested in connection with Vernon Parish shooting

Jesse Lee Fernandez. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office) Jesse Lee Fernandez. (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
LEESVILLE, LA (KPLC) - A Leesville man was arrested Monday by the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office, following an investigation into an August 9 shooting at a residence on Hwy 8, west of Leesville.

"At approximately 10:22 p.m. (on August 9), the Vernon Parish 911 Office received a telephone call in which a male subject reported that he had shot an intruder at his residence," said Sheriff Sam Craft in a news release.

Vernon Parish deputies responded to the incident along with medical personnel. Upon arrival at the scene, they located 26-year-old Jesse Lee Fernandez in a ditch across the highway near the residence. Fernandez appeared injured and was transported to Byrd Regional Hospital and then to Rapides Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Deputies spoke the with the homeowner, who told officials that he and his family were inside the residence when an unknown person began beating on the front door. The homeowner armed himself and went to the door, when the unknown person -- believed to be Fernandez -- pushed his way in.

"The complainant stated that he did display his weapon and instructed Fernandez to leave his home," said Craft. "The complainant then advised that he and his wife witnessed Fernandez in the backyard of the residence... (and had) observed that Fernandez had destroyed a panel in the privacy fence to gain entry into the backyard."

The homeowner made contact with the unknown person and again instructed him to leave his property, but the person "was acting erratically and continued to move about the property," Craft said.

The homeowner then displayed a handgun and walked the person from his backyard to the driveway, when the person began to yell and move toward him in an aggressive manner. The homeowner fired at the intruder, striking him four times.

Upon being released from the hospital, Fernandez was arrested and charged with one count of home invasion, one count of criminal trespassing, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of criminal mischief.

He was released on a $29,050 bond.

Personal items belonging to the homeowner were located in various places on the property following the August 9 incident. Those items were recovered and returned to the homeowner.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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