UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE) A Bernice man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head is now charged with negligent homicide.
According to Johnny Gunter, media liaison for the Union Parish Sheriff's Office, two parish sheriff’s detectives were en route Monday afternoon to Texarkana, Texas, to interview 25-year-old Sean Johnson.
Sheriff Dusty Gates said Texarkana authorities found Johnson trying to hide inside a cabinet in an apartment building.
Gates said detectives pieced together information showing that 25-year-old Sharmaine Brown was shot in the head while the couple was sitting in the back seat of a silver 2008 Chevrolet Impala. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the apartment complex where the couple resided.
The sheriff said Brown’s body was left in the parking lot and that Johnson fled in the vehicle.
Witnesses in the area told investigators they didn’t hear the couple arguing so they don’t know what led to the shooting nor do they know specifically the type gun used.
“We hope to get answers later today when detectives interview him,” Gates said.
Brown was carried to Reeves Memorial Hospital in Bernice where she was pronounced dead. Her body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.
Gates said warrants were issued for Johnson’s arrest charging him with negligent homicide and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Third Judicial District Court Judge Bruce Hampton has set total bail at $500,000.
If Johnson does not agree to return to Louisiana, extradition proceedings will begin, the sheriff said.
Detectives are continuing their investigation with the help of Bernice police. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 318-368-3124.