Late Wednesday evening (Oct 7), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Terry Harris, Deputy John O’Hern, Detective Captain Tom Anderson and Lt. Brent Goings responded to Martin Road near Mt. Hermon to handle a shooting situation.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers determined the shooting resulted from a verbal feud between neighboring families that escalated into a shootout. After an exchange of words, one of the parties armed himself with a 9mm pistol, drove to the neighbor’s house and engaged his neighbor in an exchange of gunfire.
Witnesses on the scene reported that Ravon Marquel Brumfield, 22, was the instigator and fired the first shot that led to his neighbor being wounded. The neighbor was transported to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Brumfield was arrested and jailed on charges of attempted second degree murder and simple battery. His bond was set at $125,000.
This is the fourth time Brumfield has been incarcerated in Washington Parish. In 2015, he was arrested for simple battery. Six months later, in May 2016, he was arrested again on charges of theft of an automobile and criminal damage to property. A 2017 arrest was for felony criminal damage.
“Our wonderful 2nd amendment, which guarantees every citizen’s right to keep and bear arms, does not mean that a citizen may shoot a fellow citizen for the sake of argument,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Mature and responsible adults should always be able to resolve conflicts without shooting at each other. If there is a conflict, call us and we will intervene to help resolve the conflict in a peaceable manner. That’s what our officers do, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”