NIGHT HUNTER ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON AN AGENT WITH A FIREARM

Release Date: 03/20/2007

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested Coty L. Romero, 21, of Gueydan for alleged aggravated assault with a firearm and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours on March 11 in Vermilion Parish.


Earlier that evening Agent Derek Logan received a report of frequent night hunting in the area where Romero was apprehended.  In the past few months, agents have apprehended several illegal night hunters in the same area. 


Logan spotted Romero shining a light in a field off Vick Road.  Logan then proceeded to the area in his truck in an attempt to investigate the activity.  A shotgun was fired from the dark in the direction of Logan's vehicle.


Logan accelerated his truck past the area of the shot and then exited the truck and returned to the location from where the shot had been fired.  Logan finally located Romero shining a light down the road toward his truck.  From a safe position Logan illuminated Romero with his flashlight and ordered him to drop his weapon and lay face down on the ground.  Romero later admitted to shooting at Agent Logan's truck.  


Romero was then placed under arrest, transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center and booked into jail.  The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed against Romero and a female who accompanied him.


Seized as evidence in connection with the arrest was a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun.


Punishment for aggravated assault with a firearm is a fine up to $5,000, or imprisonment for up to five years with or without hard labor, or both.  The penalty for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours with artificial light is a fine up to $500, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs. 


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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