Neighbors in shock after 11th St. man’s death ruled a homicide

Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 2:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 9:53 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, La. (KPLC) - The death of a man found inside a home on the 1100 block of 11th Street Wednesday has been ruled a homicide, according to the Lake Charles Police Department.

Officers visited the home in reference to a welfare concern around 2:44 p.m., according to police. A family member told officers he had discovered Tafford James Deshotel, 66, deceased inside the home.

So, what happened to Tafford James Deshotel? That’s the question leaving his 11th Street neighbors on edge.

“Who did this? I’m not sure. Is there an uneasy feeling in the neighborhood? Of course there is, and hopefully not just in my neighborhood, but hopefully in everybody’s neighborhood,” Tony Dietz said.

Dietz lives just a few houses down from Deshotel’s residence.

“Real nice guy, you know we’d see him at church, we’d see him at the gym, and would see him at the grocery store,” Dietz said.

Dietz explained he would often cut Deshotel’s grass, like he did on Monday which was the last time he saw his neighbor.

“I saw him out after that. Whenever I was putting up my equipment and blower and everything, I saw him out in his front yard but in the neighbor’s front yard too. I didn’t think nothing of it. Like I said, I saw him. I mean we have a good relationship with a lot of our neighbors,” Dietz said.

Then Wednesday rolled around and that’s when a family member notified Lake Charles police they had discovered Deshotel dead inside the home. Dietz said finding out this news was out of the ordinary for their quiet and friendly street.

“It’s kind of like a small town feel on a small town road,” Dietz said.

11th Street death ruled homicide
11th Street death ruled homicide(KPLC)

As for why this homicide happened, only time may tell.

“But you know hey, during a recession crazy things happen, and you know probably brings out some craziness that’s disturbing,” Dietz said.

The Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office has conducted a preliminary examination, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact lead detectives Sgt. John Russell or Sgt. William Loving at (337) 491-1311.

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