Baker police arrest second person in fatal shooting

Police arrested a second person in the fatal shooting Thursday of a 33-year-old man on Kimberlain Avenue.

Miesha Scott, 22, 1010 Shiloh Drive, was booked Friday on accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and accessory after the fact to illegal use of a weapon in the death of Garland R. Ruffin, 1006 Shiloh Drive, Apt. C, Baker.

Police arrested Kyren Davonta Eby, 21, 1010 Shiloh Drive, on Thursday and booked him on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps said.

Scott, who lives with Eby, is Eby’s wife, Knaps said Friday afternoon.

Thursday’s slaying was the first homicide in Baker since January 2011, Knaps said.

Ruffin was found lying on the sidewalk just after 11 a.m. Thursday with multiple gunshots to his upper torso, Knaps said.

Eby surrendered to authorities several hours after an apparent argument took place between the two men in front of an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Kimberlain Avenue, in the Heritage Court subdivision.

Knaps said Eby would not tell investigators what the two men were arguing about.

Following the shooting, Eby went back inside his apartment and told Scott to leave with him, Knaps said.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, a witness told police Eby approached the victim and pulled a black, semi-automatic pistol from the right side of his pants and fired three shots at Ruffin.

Scott told police she overheard a fight between Eby and the victim and saw blood on Eby’s face and bruising over his eye when he went into their apartment. When Scott and Eby left the apartment, she asked him what happened and Eby told her, “I shot him, take me to my sister’s house,” according to the affidavit.

Ruffin died at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary.