El Jerico Bartie found to be habitual offender

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 2:48 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office announced Monday, June 21, that Judge Kendrick Guidry found El Jerico Bartie, 33, of Lake Charles, to be a fourth or subsequent habitual offender.

On April 30, 2021, a Calcasieu Parish jury found Bartie guilty as charged on eight counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer for a 2014 incident involving a standoff at a local hotel, the district attorney’s office said.

Motel surveillance video provided powerful evidence presented to the jury. As eight Lake Charles police officers entered a Sulphur motel to arrest Bartie, he shot at them through the walls of his room.

First Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson says it’s amazing no one was hit.

“He fired numerous, numerous rounds throughout a half-hour ordeal. Fired through doors, walls, windows - what have you. Anywhere he believed a police officer might be, he was firing rounds,” Johnson said.

Bartie denied knowing they were police, but they are heard identifying themselves. And the video establishes he shot toward the sound of their voices as the officers moved. In all, an estimated 18 rounds were fired with Bartie’s semi-automatic pistol which eventually broke. About 30 minutes into the standoff, Bartie surrendered.

Bartie has been found to be a habitual offender which means his sentence was enhanced.

Johnson says he deserves the 50 years in prison on each of eight counts.

“Because he’s an extremely violent offender. This is someone who’s already committed two separate drive-by shootings, and in this particular trial evidence, it showed that he was attempting to kill eight different police officers,” Johnson said.

Johnson attributes no one getting shot to the skills of the officers, most of whom were on the SWAT team. He adds that officers did not shoot at the room because Bartie’s wife was inside.

Johnson says Bartie had shot his wife in the leg, because he believed she had turned him into police.

Bartie was sentenced to 50 years on each count, and the sentences are to run concurrently.

KPLC tried to reach Bartie’s defense attorney but has not heard back.

First Assistant District Attorney Jacob Johnson and Assistant District Attorney Charles Robinson prosecuted the case for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office.

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