The DeSoto Sheriff’s Office reports a suspect is in custody following a shooting Tuesday morning, July 5th, around 11:40am. The shooting victim sustained a non-life threatening injury. Deputies and EMS responded to a report that an individual had been shot just off of Highway 84 near the Bethel community.
A DeSoto Sheriff’s Deputy and DeSoto Firefighters were at the compactor site taking off trash from the previous night’s fireworks display. A young adult male walked up visibly injured and claimed to have been shot at a location just down the road, north of the compactor site.
The victim was able to provide details to the Deputy on site that would assist in identifying and locating the suspected shooter. EMS was nearby, and able to quickly respond to and treat the victim who was then transported to an area hospital. The victim sustained one gunshot wound to the head, which is believed to be a moderate but non-life threatening injury.
The suspect was located just moments later and taken into custody to be transported to the DeSoto Detention Center. The suspect, Stephen B. Raybon of Stanley, La (W/M – 26 years of age) has been charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
This investigation is still ongoing, and no further information will be provided at this time.
Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to thank all First Responders including Fire, EMS, Dispatch and Deputies for their swift action in not only helping to save the life of the victim, but also apprehending the suspect within moments. The quick actions, response time, and teamwork between everyone involved in this incident are certainly something DeSoto Parish citizens can be proud of.