VP teen arrested in LC homicide
A 17-year old Ville Platte resident was arrested Sunday in Lake Charles when police were called to the scene of an altercation that led to a shooting death.
According to the Lake Charles Police Department, police were called to 2358 Legion Street at 8:54 a.m. Sunday in reference to a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers found 23-year-old Eddie Hardman in the parking lot of an apartment complex. He was injured from a gunshot wound. After being taken to a local hospital, Hardman succumbed to his injury.
After investigating, detectives arrested 17-year-old J’Vonte Melik Sterling. Through the investigation, detectives learned that an altercation between several people started on Sunday morning. Sterling was not part of the initial altercation but allegedly produced a handgun and shot the victim. Sterling then left the scene on foot but was shortly located by patrol officers near where the shooting occurred.
Sterling’s bond has been set at $1 million. The investigation is still ongoing.