Ouachita man accused of firing into home with semi-automatic rifle

Deputies say they found several bullet holes in the victim's home and spent shell casings where the victim says Ballard was standing. (Source: OPSO)

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A Ouachita Parish man has been arrested after being accused of firing into a home overnight.

According to an arrest report, the shooting happened in the 600 block of Tanglewood Drive around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Ouachita Parish deputies say the victim reported that he was asleep inside his home when he awoke to the sound of gunfire. When he looked out of his window, he says he saw Trimaine Lavelle Ballard standing across the street shooting at his home.

Deputies say they found several bullet holes in the victim's home and spent shell casings where the victim says Ballard was standing.

Deputies located Ballard under a carport in the 600 block of Greenwood Drive. Deputies say a semi-automatic rifle was set against the wall near Ballard. They say the shell casings matched the caliber of the firearm. Ballard later denied ownership of the gun. Investigators say the firearm was determined to be stolen.

According to the report, the victim told deputies that he had run-ins with the suspect in the past and that the suspect had threatened to shoot him.

OPSO also says that Ballard was convicted on a felony charge of illegal use of a dangerous weapon in 2015.

Ballard was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon.

Ballard was also arrested earlier in September after being accused of getting into an argument with someone at a store, following that person home, and then smashing out the victim's car windows. It's unclear whether the victim was the same in both alleged crimes.