Fight leads to the death of Lake Charles man

Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 8:18 PM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A fight on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles leaves one man dead and one in custody.

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Vincent, at approximately 10:30 p.m. last night, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.

Michael Mathis woke up to screams of help after Ogea was shot.

“My friend was screaming help at my door. My friend started applying pressure to his wounds, and he told me to call 911 immediately. I just called 911 and stayed with them on the phone until they got there.”

Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries Friday, according to Vincent.

According to Vincent, during the initial investigation, detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting. Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him.

Chief Deputy for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Gary “Stitch” Guillory says the dispute was regarding money that was owed.

“An argument ensued and it resulted in Mr. Mulkey pulling a gun and shooting our victim.”

Mathis says Ogea and Mulkey had history prior to this incident.

“Somebody in the neighborhood that he didn’t get along with. Or somebody he knew from over here. They been like having bad blood for a while. They weren’t getting along for some dispute. I don’t know what it was.”

Mulkey was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with second-degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case.

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