A Clinton man suspected in three fatal drive-by shootings — one in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in neighboring East Feliciana Parish — made his first court appearance Thursday morning in East Baton Rouge after being captured the night before following a police chase.
Ryan Sharpe, 36, appeared in a video hookup from Parish Prison wearing an orange jumpsuit and listened quietly as 19th Judicial District Court Commissioner Quintillis Lawrence, who sat in the court’s Bail Bond Program office, told Sharpe he is charged in East Baton Rouge with first-degree murder, assault by drive-by shooting and illegal use of a firearm.
A 36-year-old Clinton man who led authorities on a chase Wednesday was later captured and confessed during interrogation in the three killings and nonfatal shooting since July near the East Feliciana-East Baton Rouge parish line, authorities said.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux would not comment on Ryan Sharpe’s motive in the shootings or if he knew the victims.
Sharpe, 14227 La. 959, Clinton, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and drive-by shooting assault in the Sept. 19 death of Carroll Breeden. Sharpe also will be booked by the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.
From left, WFP Sheriff Austin Daniel, EBRSO Homicide Division Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Todd Morris, EBRP Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, EFP Sheriff Jeff Travis, EFPSO Chief Criminal Deputy Greg Phares and LSP Sr. Trooper Bryan Lee participate in a press conference concerning the drive-by shooting on LA-63 mid-morning Monday Oct. 9, 2017, near Clinton, La.. Gautreaux uses air quotes saying they are not using the “serial killer” tag yet for the perpetrator.
A mad cow killer could be on the loose in the southwest.
Half a dozen cows were killed on two ranches in southeast New Mexico this week, and authorities believe a cold-blooded bovine murderer is seeking them out.
“There’s no legitimate reason for this,” Lt. Matt Hutchinson with the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office told the Carlsbad Current-Argus. “These animals are not being killed for meat. This is extreme cruelty. They’re killing them for no other reason.”
The cows were shot at two ranches with a high-powered rifle earlier this week, the sheriff’s office said. A red roping steer and two black Angus cows were among those killed.
The Arizona Republic reporter Megan Cassidy sums up the press conference held at Phoenix police headquarters announcing the arrest of the suspect in the “Serial Street Shooter” case on May 8, 2017. Tom Tingle/azcentral.com