Update: Bienville Parish juvenile victim named in Thursday shooting

By Paige Nash and Michelle Bates

A Bienville Parish juvenile has died and a 15-year-old is in custody following a shooting that took place Thursday evening, April 27.

According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance they received the first call at approximately 8:35 p.m. Arcadia Police Department was the first to arrive on the scene at an apartment complex on Washington Street in the West Town area of Arcadia. 

“Arcadia Police Department and a state trooper arrived first and began administering CPR on the victim,” said Ballance. “He was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The victim, 17-year-old Dashavion Green, was shot once in the chest. 

The motive is unknown at this time.

For precautionary reasons the BPSO provided an extra School Resource Officer (SRO) to Arcadia High School.

Arcadia High School Principal Leroy Hamilton is taking the safety and well-being of all students very seriously.

“A conscious effort was made to make sure all doors were locked and administrators along with selected school staff made sure the entire campus was secure and safe,” said Hamilton. “An extra SRO patrolled the campus while counselors, interventionists and psychologists were on campus to assist with grief and emotional needs. Administrators walk the halls, monitor campus activities and direct all students and visitors through metal detectors on a daily basis.”

The Bienville Parish School District is providing counselors for students, faculty, and staff now and in the upcoming weeks. The counselors are providing a variety of mental health support including short-term individual one-on-one meetings, as well as small group grief counseling, stress management and classroom visits where students can talk about mental health topics like managing stress, signs of anxiety, and other mental health topics along those areas. Trauma based therapy is also available for students, faculty and staff.

Hamilton said, “Our prayers and condolences go out to the families affected by the incident.”

The 15-year-old was brought into the sheriff’s office for questioning along with his mother. He was placed under arrest and charged with second-degree murder. 

BPSO is in the process of locating a place to hold the teen while he awaits a hearing. 

Original story:

A 17-year-old has lost his life following a shooting that took place last night, April 27, prior to 8:30 p.m.

The shooting occurred at an apartment complex in the West Town area of Arcadia.

According to Bienville Parish Sheriff John Ballance the suspect is believed to be a 15-year-old male, but no arrests have been made at this time. 

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be released soon. 

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