NPSO searching for attempted murder suspect with ties to Rapides Parish

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are actively searching for a Rapides Parish juvenile wanted for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the shooting of a Winn Parish juvenile in Natchez on Saturday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

Detectives and other law enforcement agencies are currently searching for 17-year-old Xavier J. Wright, aka/Zaye, B/M, Hgt/601, Wgt/117, with black hair and brown eyes, with a last known address in Glenmora, La.

Wright also has ties to the Pineville area.

On Saturday evening July 18 at approximately 5:53pm, NatCom 911 Center received a 911 call from a stranded motorist on La. Hwy 1 near Rapides Drive in Natchitoches reporting that he was transporting a male suffering from a gunshot wound to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center requesting assistance.

Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division, Natchitoches Police Department and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to the scene.

Responding units arrived on the scene and learned that a 17-year-old Winn Parish juvenile was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest as a result of a shooting in the parking lot of Natchez Place Apartments, located in the 100 block of La. Hwy 119 in Natchez, La.

Deputies along with Sheriff Stuart Wright and detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene.

Detectives processed the crime scene, gathered evidence and while speaking with witnesses learned that a 2014-2016 black Toyota Camry passenger car was involved and fled the area shortly after the shooting.

A law enforcement message was issued to local and surrounding agencies to BOLO for the vehicle possibly traveling to the Rapides Parish area.

The victim was transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to LSU Health, Shreveport in serious condition.

This morning the victim is listed in stable condition.

Throughout the evening and late into the night, detectives interviewed witnesses.

Detectives developed some leads and were able to contact one of the occupants of the Toyota Camry and had them report to the Criminal Investigations Division.

A search warrant signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge was issued for the vehicle.

That person is currently being held in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Principle to Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. (Name currently being withheld pending investigation).

As the investigation progressed, detectives developed sufficient evidence and probable cause to identify Xavier J. Wright as the alleged shooter in the shooting.

A criminal warrant for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder has been signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge for the arrest of Wright.

Detectives say Wright is believed to be armed and dangerous.

Wright has been placed in the National Crime Information Center as a wanted person.

If you see Wright please do not approach him please contact your local law enforcement agency, 911 or the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-352-6432. Case Agent: Lt. Jonathan Byles, Captain Darrel Winder or Major Reginald Turner at 352-6432 or 357-7830.

Natchitoches Parish District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington has been briefed on developments in the investigation.

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