Jun 4, 2014 3:40 PM by KATC

Abbeville Police seek info, suspects in alleged retaliatory shooting, arson

Officers from the Abbeville Police Department (APD) are seeking information in connection with shootings and an arson Monday morning they believe is likely retaliation for the May 26 shooting death of Jacoby Andrews.

APD reports that it is working with the Louisiana Fire Marshal's office to investigate an arson that occurred about 3:30 a.m. on June 2 at a residence located on S. Louisiana St. Officers said they suspect that this intentionally set blaze is related to the multiple shots fired in the direction of Donathan Comeaux at approximately seven hours later that morning.

Lt. David Hardy said investigators believe that someone intentionally set the front of the S. Louisiana St. dwelling on fire and they seek the public's help in locating the suspects who may have done so. Hardy said that, approximately 10:30 a.m., a male suspect wearing a black hoodie was seen by witnesses firing shots in the direction of Donathan Comeaux while visited a relative's home.

Hardy said that anyone with information about either of this two possibly connected incidents is asked to call APD investigators at 337-893-2511.

According to Hardy, officers arrested and charged two individuals in the May 26 shooting of Andrews, after witnesses indicated Andrews allegedly forced his way into a home while armed with a gun. According to the witnesses, Andrews shot while inside the home, and gunfire was returned by people inside the home. Witnesses told police that a second gunman was shooting from outside the home.

Andrews was seen running out of the home and was later found in a nearby yard.

Hardy tells KATC that, following the shooting of Andrews, Donathan Comeaux was arrested and charged with Obstruction of Justice and Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Hardy indicated that Jonathan Comeaux, Donathan's twin brother, was arrested as the second gunman who allegedly fired shots from outside the home. Jonathan Comeaux was charged with Illegal Discharge of a firearm. Both Comeaux brothers since have bonded out of jail, but a charge of 2nd Degree Murder will be sent to the District Attorney's office for review.

Hardy said he hopes the public will be able to provide information in locating the individuals responsible for what he believes are retaliatory crimes.



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