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Lafayette Man Arrested in Connection with Bayou Vista Shooting

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith has announced the arrest of a Lafayette man in connection with a Bayou Vista shooting.

Derrick Lee John Williams Jr., 20, Lafayette, LA, was arrested on December 9, 2021, at 11:33 am on a warrant for attempted first degree murder.

On November 21, at 12:29 am, deputies responded to a residence on Saturn Road in Bayou Vista after a 911 call of a subject that had been wounded. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a local woman who was wounded by a gunshot.

Detectives were brought in and through the investigation, Derreck Lee John Williams Jr., 20, of Lafayette, LA, was developed as the suspect. Detectives also learned that Williams took the 1-year-old toddler from the residence and fled the scene.  A level II Endanged Missing Child Advisory was issued by the Louisiana State Police.

Sometime later, the toddler was found to be safe.

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, U.S. Marshals located Williams in New Iberia and arrested him on the SMPSO warrant for attempted 1st degree murder. Williams was booked into the Iberia Parish Jail and subsequently transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking.

The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Sheriff Blaise Smith and the Investigations Division of the SMPSO would like to thank the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Louisiana State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

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