A suspect wanted in the double slaying of two Southern University students in Harvey was arrested Friday in New Orleans, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
A U.S. Marshals fugitive task force found Irvin Harris at a friend’s home in the 2300 block of Chippewa Street, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Harris was booked with two counts of first-degree murder, Boyd said.
Harris, 20, was sought after he walked out during an interview with sheriff’s detectives last week, during questioning about the shooting deaths of Nikiayn Westerfield and Dave Harrison.
Harris walked out of the interview when investigators left the room to compare their notes with other information, the Sheriff’s Office has said.
Westerfield and Harrison, who were students at Southern University in Baton Rouge, were shot to death about 11:58 p.m. Aug. 13 in what the Sheriff’s Office said was a drug-related shooting. Investigators found the men inside a Chevrolet Blazer in the 4000 block of Paige Jeanette Drive. They were dead on the scene.
Police previously booked Jeremy Coleman, 19, of Waggaman with two counts of second-degree murder for his alleged role in the deaths.