Gun sale attempt in Assumption ends up in chase, arrests

A gun purchase that went awry, ending in a car chase and gunshots, resulted in the arrests of six men, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.

Three men drove together to the Assumption Parish community of Bayou L’Ourse on Friday to buy a gun from Joshua Bourgere but drove off with the gun, without paying, when they suspected they were being set up for an ambush, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Bourgere and three other men then jumped into a black sport utility vehicle and chased the other men, knocking down mailboxes and running off the road into a ditch on La. 663 in Bayou L’Ourse.

James Cole, one of the men in the lead car, fired two shots out of the car window to get the black SUV to back off, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The SUV ended up in a ditch and its occupants, unharmed, were arrested by deputies called to the scene by someone in Bayou L’Ourse who witnessed the chase, said Deputy Robert Martin, public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office.

The lead car was stopped by a State Police Troop C road block, Martin said.

Those arrested in the party of men selling the gun, which was stolen May 12 from someone in the Assumption Parish community of Belle Rose, are Joshua Bourgere, 20; Grant Walker, 18 Steven Davis, 37; and Dennis Bourgere, 19, all of 250 Murial St., Morgan City, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Joshua Bourgere, Walker and Davis were each booked on a count of possession of a stolen firearm. Dennis Bourgere, the brother of Joshua Bourgere, was booked on counts of possession of a stolen firearm and careless operation of a vehicle.

All remained in custody Tuesday at the Assumption Parish Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 bail each for Walker and Davis and $5,000 bail each for the Bougere brothers.

Arrested from the party of men who had attempted to purchase the gun were James Cole, 19, of 35 Judith St., Waggaman, on counts of possession of a stolen firearm and illegal use of a weapon; and Anthony Agnew, 19, of 520 Wall Blvd., Gretna, on counts of theft of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. The third person in that vehicle was not arrested, Martin said.

Cole and Agnew remained in custody Tuesday at the Detention Center in lieu of $30,000 bail each.