Posted on September 24, 2021

Four Soldiers Arrested After Suspected Gang-Related Louisiana Shooting

Aila Slisco, Newsweek, September 22, 2021

Four U.S. Army soldiers stationed at Louisiana’s Fort Polk have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a gang-related shooting.

Quazier Watterson and Tavon Williams, both 19, were arrested alongside 23-year-old Trevian Cherry and 24-year-old Joshua Galloway VI shortly after the shooting on Monday night, according to a joint news release that the DeRidder Police Department and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office issued on Tuesday.

The four men were charged with criminal conspiracy to commit attempted armed robbery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal use of weapons or other dangerous instrumentalities; and aggravated criminal damage to property. {snip}


Detectives suspect that the shooting could be related to “recent activity from the so-called gangs” due to a shooting at the same address on September 11. Two juvenile suspects were arrested in Leesville earlier on Monday on suspicion of taking part in the previous shooting.


Although 93 individuals with ties to the Army were involved in gang-related activity during 2020, gang activity in the Army had declined since the year before {snip}

The decline may have occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to spend more time indoors. Army Times found that 245 gang-related incidents were reported among those with Army ties in 2019.