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A groom in Louisiana was arrested on his wedding night after allegedly chasing down a man and shooting him, reportedly because he thought the victim was having an affair with his bride.
Devin Jose Jones, 30, and his new wife were sitting in traffic on the way home from their wedding when an argument ensued with a passenger, according to L’Observateur. Jones allegedly chased the bride’s friend up I-10 after suspecting the pair of having an affair.
Jones, still dressed in his wedding attire, allegedly shot the man in the leg.
A bystander was also shot in the hand after a stray bullet came through his vehicle’s glass, according to WGNO News. The man was on his way home from the airport with his two teenage children.
Authorities had already been responding to a car accident nearby when the incident unfolded.
“While we were assisting the State Police, our 911 center started getting calls of a shooting in the traffic that was backed up from the crash,” said Sheriff Mike Tregre, according to the L’Observateur. “We got the call of the shooting at 11:08 p.m.”
According to St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office deputies, the bride, who authorities have not named, flagged down an ambulance en route to the accident up ahead and locked herself inside, according to WGNO.
After allegedly shooting the man in the leg, Jones attempted to forcibly enter the ambulance to gain access to his new wife, according to authorities.
Immediately following reports from dispatch, deputies raced on foot up the I-10 and apprehended Jones.
Witnesses sitting in the traffic jam posted live on their social media pages to report their experiences.
“There is an active shooter on the Bonnet Carie [sic] Freeway Spillway,” said one Facebook post. “My family and I are in my truck taking cover! I have my pistol in case my truck is approached.”
An off-duty deputy from the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office overheard the call on the radio and was instrumental in apprehending Jones, according to WGNO. The deputy was sitting in the traffic jam on his way home from a monster truck event.
“Our officers reacted bravely and accurately and took the suspect into custody with minimal personal damage,” Tregre told WGNO reporters. “You simply cannot duplicate this kind of scenario in training. It is a testament to the training our young men and women do, and I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
Jones was booked at the St. John’s Parish Sheriff’s Office on two counts of criminal damage to property, illegal use of a weapon, second-degree battery, and attempted second-degree murder, according to the sheriff’s office.
The case is still under investigation.
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