Basile Homeowner Wounds One Intruder, Accomplice Escapes

Shane Lashone Ceasar. Photo: Evangeline County Sheriff’s Office

A homeowner from Basile Louisiana chased away four home invader suspects after he shot one.

The homeowner told police he had been awakened in the night after hearing noises coming from a bedroom where a man had climbed through a window and turned on a light.

The homeowner opened fire on the intruder, wounding him twice, once on the right thigh and another time on the suspects right upper arm.

The suspect then tried top flee the home but was detained by an off-duty Evangeline Parish deputy who lives in the neighborhood. The deputy also caught and detained 2 other accomplices in the burglary, but a 4th was able to escape.

On-duty deputies soon arrived, and the wounded suspect was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries while the others were placed under arrest with charges of simple burglary and criminal trespass.

The fourth suspect, presumably identified by his accomplices, is still on the loose but the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the help of the public in apprehending Shane Lashone Ceasar, who is said to be residing in Opelousas and faces the same charges of his accomplices.

Fortunately, for the suspects involved, the wounded man was not killed by the homeowner, or they could be facing murder charges as some states put a death which occurs during the commission of a crime squarely at the feet of the perpetrators whether they pull the trigger or not.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Ceasar, or information about the burglary, is asked to call Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 337-363-2161.

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