Lake Charles, LA –


Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 6100 block of Highway 101 in Bell City in reference to a shooting.


When deputies arrived they located the victim with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.  During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspect, Clint A. Carpenter, 39, 7629 Texas Avenue, Hayes, shot the victim after a verbal argument, then fled the scene. 


CPSO deputies conducted an extensive search of the area and with the assistance of CPSO Air 1 located Carpenter a short time later in a wooded area south of Hayes, near Highway 14. 


He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated 2nd degree battery; illegal use of a dangerous weapon; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $175,000. 


The victim was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. 


CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case. 


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.