Fatal Stabbing Leads to Retaliation Shooting
Lafayette, LA—One man is dead and two others are in custody following a series of violent incidents last night in Lafayette.
The first incident happened around eight last night at a barber shop in the 1100 block of 12th Street. Police say 28-year old Damien Watkins of Lafayette got into an argument with another man, when the suspect stabbed Watkins in the chest. Watkins died last night at a local hospital.
Then at around 9:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the Magnolia and Pinhook area. After a high speed chase, police arrested the driver and occupant of a vehicle seen leaving the scene.
Trinity Kilchrist and Nicolas Richard were both charged with illegal discharge of a firearm. Police believe the two suspects wee acting in retaliation to Watkins' death.
Man killed in Lafayette Barbershop
Lafayette police tell News Ten, Damien Watkins, 28, was killed following an argument at a Barbershop in the 1100 block of 12th street. It happened last night at 8pm.
According to witnesses, the victim entered the barber shop at that location and engaged in a verbal altercation with the suspect. The two men began fighting, at which time the suspect produced a sharp object and stabbed the victim in the ribcage. The suspect immediately fled the area. Watkins of was transported to a local hospital and later died from his injuries.
The cause of the disturbance remains under investigation. Investigators are currently seeking the suspect.
Later that night, around 9:20 pm, several gunshots were heard in the area near Magnolia Street and Pinhook Road by officers in the area. Officers located a white vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was stopped at Moss Street and Alexander Street. The driver and the occupant were taken into custody. A third suspect fled the area on foot.
Trinity Kilchrist and Nicholas Richard were arrested and charged with Illegal Discharge of a Firearm. No one was injured during the incident. Detectives believe Kilchrist and Richard were acting in retaliation to Watkins death. The case remains under investigation.