GONZALES — Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies now believe one of the seven men already arrested on second-degree murder and other counts in the fatal April 24 shoot-out in Darrow was the unidentified man who fled Gonzales police the evening of the shooting.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Wednesday that Delano “Deeky” Joseph Alexander, 28, 150 E. 26th St., Reserve, is probably the man who ran from the gold Porsche Cayenne, a suspected getaway vehicle that police quickly pulled over after the shoot-out where nearly 50 shots were exchanged.
Bacala said deputies believe Alexander is the man who ran, “but no one can absolutely say that for sure.”
Bacala added Wednesday that sheriff’s investigators do not have any other suspects they are seeking in the shooting that killed Isaac “Ike” Prestley, 23, 39035 Saturn Drive, Darrow.
“At this point and time, we think we have gotten all that were involved,” Bacala said.
In the days and weeks after the shooting, sheriff’s deputies said the man who ran away was still at large.
Alexander turned himself in April 29, deputies have said. The other four in the Porsche were taken into custody by Gonzales police and arrested April 25, deputies have said.
They are father and son Demitoris “Big Tachi” Alexander, 48, 146 E. 26th St., Gonzales, and Tachi Williams, 28, 1222 E. Grace St., Gonzales; Clarence Ruth, 19, 5274 Galaxy Blvd., Darrow; and Cprien Nicholas, 29, 729 Worthey St., Gonzales.
Anthony Clark, 23, 205 E. Roosevelt St., Gonzales, turned himself in April 29, while Bruce James, 25, 1222 Hempshire Drive, Gonzales, was arrested April 30.
Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Bacala and other sheriff’s officials have said the heavily armed men arrived in vehicles near a home at the intersection of La. 22 and Brown Extension Street in Darrow during the early evening of April 24.
Another group of men that included Prestley was hanging out at the home, though he is not believed to have been the target of the men who arrived.
The only other person injured in the shooting was Ruth, who is suspected of shooting Prestley, deputies have said.
Bacala said the shooting was retaliation for street-level disagreements.
None of the men gathered on Brown Extension before the other armed group arrived have been arrested. Bacala said sheriff’s deputies are considering their subsequent actions as self-defense and holding the aggressors accountable.
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