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|Woman shot on Concordia Park Drive|
A Concordia Parish deputy, responding to a call for help at a residence on Concordia Park Drive early Wednesday, reportedly shot a woman inside the home in self-defense after she opened fire on him.
"We received a call at 1:27 a.m. from a female screaming that she needed an ambulance," according to Kathy Stevens of the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office. "She was heard saying while on the phone, 'Jimmy, don't shoot, I'm your wife.'"
Stevens said the deputy was dispatched to the scene and gained entry into the home when a woman reportedly fired at the deputy.
"The deputy returned fire and wounded the woman," said Stevens. "The deputy got out of the house but while inside he saw a man with a shotgun. That man was believed to have been Jimmy Williams."
Stevens said she could not identify the woman or the deputy at presstime today, but noted that the investigation into the case will be handled by the Louisiana State Police, which also arrived on the scene early today.
She said CPSO's Special Response Team entered the house "to get the woman out. She was airlifted from Riverland Medical Center to an Alexandria hospital."
Stevens identified the owner of the residence where the shooting occurred as 90-year-old Jimmy Williams of Concordia Park Drive. According to Sheriff Randy Maxwell, Williams had a violent history and a lengthy criminal record.
Williams was not in the home when deputies entered the residence later this morning. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Stevens said Williams' police record includes arrests for manslaughter in 1988, aggravated assault in 1994 and 1997, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, simple battery and DWI.
Stevens said the Louisiana State Police SWAT team and CPSO's Special Response Team worked to "diffuse the situation calmly and as soon as possible."
She said neighbors were notified of the danger and that school children were escorted to the bus stop.
Maxwell said police personnel performed well.
"Everyone was a hero," he said. "I've never seen anything more professional in my life."
Violet Jones, who lives on Concordia Park Drive next door to Williams, said police officers knocked on her door before dawn and told her she needed to evacuate the area and offered assistance.
"They said there was some trouble next door at the neighbor's house," Jones said. "I was up watching TV and knitting. They told me to cut my lights off. They told me a woman had been shot and I needed to leave. I said I had nowhere to go."
She said police officers were in her yard and using her vehicle as a shield.
"There's policemen and police cars everywhere," Jones said from the inside of her home around 9 a.m. "I can see about 15 or 18 police cars, a lot of sheriff's cars. They've been using a loud speaker."
Stevens said the Louisiana State Police was handling all aspects of the investigation from this point on.
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