News Release

Lafayette Police Department CALEA Emblem

Toby Aguillard, Chief of Police
900 East University Ave.
P.O. Box 4308
Lafayette, LA 70502
Contact: P.O. Karl Ratcliff
Public Information Officer
Office: (337) 291-8617
Fax: (337) 291-8665​


Date/Time: 5/13/2017 10:40 AM
Suspects in Shooting Death

Lafayette, LA- Lafayette Homicide Detectives have arrested one suspect and are seeking another in last night’s shooting death. Mellissa Neilson (w/f  DOB 2-7-83) of Lafayette was booked for First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Possess Schedule I Narcotic. A warrant has been issued for Robert Neilson (w/m DOB 11-7-1982) for the same charges. This married couple was engaged in a drug transaction with the deceased which turned violent and resulted in the fatal shooting. The deceased has been identified as 36 year old Leroy Hamilton of the Lafayette area.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Robert Neilson is urged to contact the Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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                                        Arrested: Melissa Neilson                                                                  Wanted: Robert Neilson


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