Cigarette butt littering leads to beating

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Jefferson Parish authorities arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Mother’s Day night that escalated from an incident of cigarette butt littering, officials said.

Damon Boullt

JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WDSU) - Jefferson Parish authorities arrested a man in connection with a shooting on Mother’s Day night that escalated from an incident of cigarette butt littering, officials said.

The shooting happened in the 2700 block of Whitney Avenue in Harvey. The time of the shooting wasn’t made available in the news release.

Authorities said when an officer with the Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, 44-year-old Damon Boullt was in possession of a handgun and told the responding offer that he shot the victim, identified as 45-year-old Paul Hunter, after he kicked open the door to his apartment.

Investigators learned that Boullt and the victim were in an ongoing feud between several residents of the Whitney apartment complex over improperly disposing cigarette butts.

Reports indicated the cigarette butts were being dropped from the upstairs apartment where Boullt lived down below the area in front of the victim’s apartment.

As a result, the two have continuously argued over this same issue with the Boullt.

However, the incident escalated on Sunday from a verbal altercation into a physical one, thus, resulting in Hunter’s mother being struck with a metal pole. She was not seriously injured, authorities said.

When the fight ended, family members contacted Hunter advised him of the fight. Hunter then drove to Boullt’s home, met with his mother then went to Boullt’s apartment.

Authorities said Boullt’s family members told him Hunter was coming and additional family members of Hunter were arriving at the complex. Being fearful of retaliation, authorities said Boullt retreated to his apartment, locked the door and armed himself with a .45-caliber handgun.

Boullt reported that while inside of his apartment, his front door was forced open and Hunter entered the apartment. Boullt told authorities that he removed the .45-caliber handgun from his pocket and Hunter fled.

The incident continued when Boullt pursued Hunter into the parking lot. Authorities said Hunter slipped and fell to the ground and Boullt repeatedly fired his .45-caliber handgun striking Hunter numerous times.

Hunter was taken to Meadow Crest Hospital, where he was later transferred to University Hospital for treatment. Hunter was listed in critical condition.

Boullt was transported to the Jefferson Parish Correction Center where he was booked on one count of attempted second-degree murder.

Read more: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/cigarette-butt-littering-on-mothers-day-leads-to-beaten-mother-attempted-murder-in-harvey-authorities-say/25932364#ixzz31WzPtKVm


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