SULPHUR – Deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Justin Wareham for illegal discharge of a weapon for his alleged involvement in a shootout at the parking lot of an abandoned business in Sulphur late Thursday evening. According to CPSO, Wareham is a known member of the Bandidos MC, an outlaw motorcycle gang.
On Thursday, April 21, at around 9 p.m., CPSO deputies heard shots fired while on patrol and observed motorcycles and an SUV in the parking lot of an abandoned business. As the deputy approached the scene, individuals fled in the vehicles. Detectives searched the scene and found two firearms, blood, and shell casings of different calibers.
Later that night, deputies located the SUV, with Wareham driving, and conducted a traffic stop. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a firearm.
After further investigation, CPSO deputies made contact with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who was in contact with several individuals believed to be connected to the Sulphur shooting. One of those individuals was suffering from a gunshot wound, and was refusing to cooperate with deputies. He was transported to a Texas hospital for treatment.
CPSO arrested Wareham and booked him into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. His bond is still pending. CPSO advises that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are likely.
Read the press release from CPSO below:
On April 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting routine patrol on E. Napoleon Street in Sulphur at which time he heard gunshots. The deputy observed numerous motorcycles and an SUV in an abandoned business parking lot. While the deputy was driving towards the parking lot the individuals fled the area. During a search of the parking lot, detectives located two firearms, blood, and numerous shell casings of different calibers.
A short time later deputies conducted a stop on the SUV that fled and made contact with the driver, Justin D. Wareham, 39, 2421 Straley Road, Westlake, a member of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang. During a search of the SUV deputies located a firearm.
During further investigation detectives made contact with Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who advised they were out with several individuals that may be connected to the incident in Sulphur, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. CPSO Detectives were advised the victim was refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, but he was being transported to a local hospital in Texas to be treated for his injury.
After further investigation Wareham was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a weapon. His bond is still pending.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely. Assisting agencies include the Sulphur Police Department and the DeQuincy Police Department.
An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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