CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A lot can happen in a year, especially in law enforcement; from homicides to narcotics investigations. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso looks back at standout cases from 2018.
In May, the year could have turned tragic for a Calcasieu Sheriff’s deputy. A trespassing investigation lead to a scuffle involving the Deputy and Donovan Christian Lawrence. Investigators say Lawrence got the deputy’s gun and pointed it at him. Lawrence was later apprehended by law enforcement, and this month, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the incident.
“That was an unusual homicide because it was a random act," Mancuso said. "Most of our homicides are either domestic in nature, or drug deals. In other words, they know each other. In this case, this was an actual case of random violence, which doesn’t occur often.”
He said they are all currently awaiting trial.
In October, Corporal Logan Kyle, a Fort Polk soldier and his girlfriend, Sarah Parker, were arrested after the soldier’s wife’s body was found in the trunk of their car. Both of Parker’s children, ages one and two, were in the vehicle with them.
Another standout moment; a one-year narcotics investigation lead to 37 state and federal arrests, according to Mancuso.
“You know, we are going to aggressively approach the drug problem too," Mancuso said. "We had a big case, recently, where all of the federal agencies and ourselves were involved. Took off a bunch of cocaine and marijuana off the street. I do feel like that’s the major issue we fight on a daily basis is the drug problem.”
Mancuso said CPSO was able to solve all of it’s violent crime cases in 2018.