MONROE, LOUISIANNA — A home in the 3700 block of Cherry Blossom Drive in Monroe was the scene of a home invasion around 10 p.m. on October 11th, according to police reports. Wearing hoodies, three armed men forced their way into the residence and demanded money. When the male occupant refused to comply and began yelling for the female resident, he was pistol-whipped in the head several times.
Upon waking, the female immediately sensed trouble and pulled her gun from under the mattress. Two of the men were struggling with the male resident, and one of them pointed a gun at her. She fired multiple rounds and reported hearing one of the men say, “Aw, she shot me.”
According to her, the third suspect seemed to be in shock and standing in the front doorway. The three ran to a silver Nissan Altima and fled eastbound on Parkland Street.
Less than a half-hour later, St. Francis Medical Center reported that a shooting victim was seeking treatment at their facility. Police were told by the ER staff that the patient, 19 year old Jeffrey W. Williams Jr., stated to them that he had been wounded in a drive-by shooting while hanging out with friends on the eastside of Monroe.
Williams told police a different story, describing the home invasion, robbery and the female shooter who entered the living room and shot him in the abdomen. He was arrested and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of aggravated burglary with a $100,000 bond.
On October 20th, 21 year old Rodney Darrell Mitchell of Tallulah was arrested and booked on aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charge with a bond of $110,000.
The third suspect, whom Williams told police he knew only as a resident of West Monroe, remains at large.
Keeping a firearm close while at home is something that we should all consider. I’m not saying that under the mattress is the best option, like where this woman had hers, but she gets credit for keeping it close by and having it ready to go.