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Berwick Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting at St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Deputies

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith announces that a Berwick man charged with Attempted Murder of an Officer

Robert Pecan) Parker, 40, Berwick, LA, was arrested on September 24, 2021, at 8:50 am on the following charges:

Attempted first-degree murder
Aggravated flight from officer
Possession of marijuana
Possession of schedule II drugs with intent to distribute
Reckless operation with accident
Illegal possession of stolen firearms
Hit and run
Obstruction of justice-aggravated

Parker also held three failure to appear warrants with the SMPSO on the following charges:

Introduction of contraband-penal institution
Possession of synthetic cannabinoids
Aggravated assault with a firearm
Possession of firearm by a convicted felon
Resisting an officer
Possession of marijuana
Possession of schedule I (mdma)
Illegal possession of weapons


On Friday, September 24, 2021, deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified by the Berwick Police Department of a disturbance involving Robert Parker. Deputies were advised to be on the lookout for
Parker, and knew that he held active warrants with the SMPSO.

Sometime later, deputies located Parker’s vehicle on Highway 90 in Bayou Vista and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, Parker refused to stop and continued westbound on Highway 90 at a high rate of speed.

After a short vehicle pursuit, Parker crashed his vehicle in Patterson. Upon exiting the vehicle, the subject, identified as Robert Parker, fired a shot at deputies as he fled the scene on foot.

Parker was located later and taken into custody. He was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Bail was set on the new charges (excluding the FTA warrants) at $500,000.

Sheriff Smith would like to thank the Patterson Police Department and the Berwick Police Department for their assistance.

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