Ashland Man Faces Charges Following Shooting

Charles “Cowboy” Cloud

(Ashland)-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a north Natchitoches Parish man in connection with a weekend shooting in Ashland according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Saturday afternoon, June 4, 2022 at approximately 5:35pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office of a shooting victim being treated at Christus Coushatta Health Care Center in Coushatta, La.

Deputies arrived at the hospital and learned that a 35-year-old Bienville Parish man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower leg area.  The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the Bienville Parish man.

Deputies say while interviewing the victim and a witness, they learned that the victim and female companion were involved in a verbal altercation at the residence of Charles “Cowboy” Cloud, located in the 800 block of La. Hwy 153 in Ashland, La.

The verbal altercation apparently took place while the victim, companion and Cloud were allegedly all outside of the residence.

During the altercation, Cloud reportedly entered his residence armed himself with a small caliber handgun returned outside and fired several rounds striking the victim in the lower leg.

The victim was transported from the scene by private vehicle to Christus Coushatta Health.

Deputies continued the investigative process, interviewed the victim, the witness and gathered information for an offense report in connection with the shooting.

As the investigation progressed, detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to secure criminal arrest warrants for the arrest of Charles Cloud signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

At approximately 10:03pm, deputies arrested Cloud at his residence without incident.

Charles David “Cowboy” Cloud, 68, of Ashland was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery, and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.

Cloud remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set at $75,000 by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge.

Deputies C. Crow and T. Stewart made the arrest.

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