Louisiana

The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Louisiana. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.

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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Jerry Ronald Seals  PENDING

Date: February 14, 2015
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On February 14, 2015, concealed handgun permit holder Jerry Ronald Seals, 52, allegedly shot and killed James Allen Orgeron, 44, in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in Lafayette. According to police, Seals drove up to Orgeron as he was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot, began arguing with him, then allegedly pulled out a handgun and opened fire. Orgeron died at the scene. Seals was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

Source: “Concealed Handgun Permit Unit Annual Legislative Report, 2015,” Louisiana Department of Public Safety Office of State Police; “UPDATE – Lafayette man arrested in shooting at Lafayette McDonald’s,” kpel965.com, February 14, 2015.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Robert E. Jenks  PENDING

Date: June 28, 2014
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
On June 28, 2014, concealed handgun permit holder Robert E. Jenks, 45, allegedly shot and killed Harold Bart Oliphant, Sr., 55, after an altercation at a bar in Ponchatoula. According to police, the two men were arguing when Jenks produced a handgun and allegedly shot Oliphant in the abdomen. Oliphant died at a nearby medical facility. Jenks was arrested and charged with second degree murder and possession of a firearm in an alcoholic beverage outlet.

Source: “Concealed Handgun Permit Unit Annual Legislative Report, 2014,” Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police; “Jenks arrested for shooting death,” tangilena.com, June 30, 2014.

 

Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Durrelle Bowens  CONVICTED

Date: March 24, 2011
People Killed: 1


Circumstances:
 On March 24, 2011, concealed handgun permit holder Durrelle Bowens, 23, shot and killed Toriano “Tito” Livas outside Eddie St. Cyr’s Auto Shop. As Livas was
leaving the auto shop, Bowens arrived with his girlfriend and other family members including his one-year-old nephew. A verbal dispute ensued between Livas and Bowens which escalated into a physical altercation. A gun battle then took place between Bowens and Livas. When both men ran out of ammunition, Livas attempted to flee, but Bowens re-loaded his gun and shot Livas in the back of his leg. Livas again tried to flee, but Bowens shot him again. Finally, Livas was lying on the ground pleading for his life when Bowens shot him several more times in the head and torso. Bowens fled the scene and was later apprehended in Texas. Livas was shot eight times, including once in the arm, twice in the torso, once in the back of the knee, once in the hip, and three times in the head. In total, Bowens fired 17 rounds of ammunition. As one witness described the shooting, “It felt like the gunshots went on forever.” On January 25, 2012, Bowen was found guilty of
manslaughter. On February 1, 2012, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison. On December 10, 2014 an appeals court affirmed the verdict and sentence in the case.

Source: State of Louisiana versus Durrelle D. Bowens, Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Fourth Circuit, December 10, 2014; “Gunman convicted of manslaughter in 2011 Central City slaying near New Orleans College Prep,” uptownmessenger.com, January 27, 2012.

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