News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Jim Craft, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: Cpl. Paul L. Mouton
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 5/10/2014 5:00 PM
UPDATE: Disturbance Leads to Shooting on South Sterling
Lafayette, LA – On May 14, 2014, Lafayette Police were dispatched to the 200 block of South Sterling regarding a residential burglary.  When officers arrived on the scene, three suspects were located near a broken window adjacent to the victim’s residence.  The suspects fled on foot, but two suspects were arrested a short time later by police. Gene Celestine was arrested and charged with an active warrant on 2 counts of Principal to Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.  He was also charged with Unauthorized Entry into an Inhabited Dwelling and Resisting an Officer for the incident on South Sterling.   The second suspect arrested on South Sterling was identified as Cordero Bradley (20) of Lafayette.   Bradley was charged with Unauthorized Entry into an Inhabited Dwelling.  Investigators continue to attempt to identify the third suspects involved.
In addition to the above charges, Celestine was arrested on an unrelated warrant for Attempted 1st Degree Murder.  The charge stems from an incident that occurred on April 28, 2014, at approximately 11:50 pm, when Celestine and two other male suspects kidnapped a victim in his vehicle in the 1300 block of East Pinhook Road.  The suspects forced the victim to drive the vehicle onto St. Charles Street.   Once on St. Charles Street the suspects allegedly stole the victim’s property and then exited the vehicle.  Celestine is believed to have shot the victim in the leg after exiting the vehicle. The victim was transported that night to an area hospital with a non-life threating injury.  Detectives are attempting to identify the two other male suspects involved in the incident. 
UPDATE: Detectives Issue Warrants for Suspects
Original Release: May 12, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Lafayette, LA – Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department have issued two warrants for the arrest of Derrick Peter Williams (18) and Gene Celestine (18), both of Lafayette.  Williams is wanted for 2 counts of Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Celestine is wanted for 2 counts of Principal to Attempted 2nd Degree Murder.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the suspects is encouraged to call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
Lafayette, LA – On May 10, 2014, at approximately 2:30 pm, Lafayette Police responded to the 800 block of South Sterling regarding a shooting.  When officers arrived they located two victims (18), both of Lafayette.  The victims advised officers that they were visiting a person in the area when the two suspects arrived and a disturbance erupted between the 4 males. During the altercation one of the suspects produced a handgun and fired multiple times in the direction of the victims.  One of the victims was struck in the calf and the other victim was struck in the ankle.  The victims sought medical aid at an area hospital.  The two suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving. 
Lafayette Police believe they have identified the two suspects responsible for the shooting.  More information about the investigation will be released as it becomes available
Detectives are encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.


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