Crowley man accused of firing handgun near bus stop

A Crowley man is behind bars again after he fired a handgun into the air near the school bus stop of a child whose mother the felon had been dating and possibly abusing, the city’s police chief said.

Donald Ray Augustus, 25, is being held without bond in the Acadia Parish jail, booked on multiple counts, including felon in possession of a firearm, Police Chief K.P. Gibson said in a news release Friday.

Detectives believe Augustus, a convicted felon who was out on probation, fired the gun Tuesday near a school bus pickup point in the city’s Westwood subdivision.

“The investigation revealed that Augustus … was previously involved in a relationship where domestic violence was occurring,” Gibson said. “It is our belief that Augustus was trying to intimidate the victim and her child by firing a handgun into the air near a bus stop where the child is picked up daily.”

No one was injured in the incident, which Gibson called disturbing.

Augustus was arrested at a home in the Westwood subdivision on Tuesday.

He also faces counts of illegal discharge of a weapon, domestic abuse battery and possession of marijuana.

State probation and parole officers have placed a hold on Augustus for alleged parole violation.