UPDATED 1/4/18, 10:46 p.m. -- The New Iberia Police Department has made an arrest in its first homicide of 2019 after a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 1400 block of St. Jude Street early Friday morning.
Jeyohn Mikelle Augustine, 19, was arrested Friday night on one count of first-degree murder. Augustine’s bond was set at $1,000,000 for that charge, and was also charged in another shooting.
According to an NIPD spokesman, officers were alerted to the shooting around 2:50 Friday morning. When they arrived at the residence, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim was transported to Iberia Medical Center in critical condition. A short time after arriving at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
After processing the crime scene and collecting evidence, investigators determined the victim was inside the residence and shot through a window. Investigators identified Augustine as a person of interest.
During the investigation, investigators also tied Augustine and Joshua Markell James to a shooting incident which occurred on Dec. 29 in the 900 block of Walton Street. In that incident, a 15-year-old male was shot while walking down the street. That victim was admitted to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Augustine and James were both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted second-degree murder in that case.
Augustine and Markell were both booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.