Vernon deputies arrest a Leesville man who was shot August 9th by a homeowner, who says the man threatened him and his family. Jesse Lee Fernandez was shot four times and was arrested after his release from the hospital.
Deputies say Fernandez is charged with home invasion, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, and criminal mischief.
KLAX ABC 31 News 8/26/14
Full press release:
Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the August 25, 2014 arrest of Jesse Lee Fernandez, age 26, of Leesville, La. The arrest of Fernandez is the result of an investigation into a shooting incident, which occurred on August 9, 2014.
At approximately 10:22 p.m. the Vernon Parish 911 Office received a telephone call in which a male subject reported that he had shot an intruder at his residence. Deputies and medical personnel responded to the residence located on Highway 8 West of Leesville.
Upon arrival at the scene Fernandez was located across the highway from the residence. Fernandez was lying in the ditch and Deputies did observe that he did appear to be injured. Fernandez was immediately transported to Byrd Regional Hospital where he was in turn immediately flown to Rapides Memorial Hospital in Alexandria.
Deputies and Detectives spoke to the homeowner who indicated that he and his family were inside his residence when an unknown person began beating on the front door. The homeowner indicated that he did arm himself and go to the door in an effort to determine what was taking place. The complainant indicated that Fernandez pushed his way into the residence at that time. The complainant stated that he did display his weapon and instruct Fernandez to leave his home.
The complainant then advised that he and his wife witnessed Fernandez in the back yard of the residence. The complainant stated that he observed that Fernandez had destroyed a panel in a privacy fence to gain entry into the back yard.
The complainant indicated that he again made contact with Fernandez and instructed Fernandez to leave his property. The complainant indicated that Fernandez was acting erratically and continued to move about the property.
The complainant indicated that he was fearful for the safety of his family and he did display a handgun and walk Fernandez away from the yard to the driveway of the residence in an effort to get Fernandez away from his home.
The complainant stated that Fernandez began to yell at him and move toward him in an aggressive manner. The complainant indicated that he did fire his weapon in the direction of Fernandez ultimately striking Fernandez four times.
During the course of the investigation personal property belonging to Fernandez was located in various areas of the property.
Jesse Fernandez was arrested upon his release from the hospital. Fernandez was charged with one count of Home Invasion, one count of Criminal Trespassing, one count of Criminal Damage to Property, and one count of Criminal Mischief. Bond was set at $ 29, 050.00. Fernandez did post bond and was released.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.