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NOPD Arrests Gunman in Kenner Man's Murder

May 15, 2013

Today NOPD Homicide detectives arrested the man they believe shot and killed a Kenner man last week as he was driving away after a drug deal. 

Detectives picked up 18-year-old Darryl Watson early this morning on Touro Street, and took him to NOPD headquarters for questioning.  Watson ended up confessing to firing on 30-year-old Zachary Carpenter last Friday night in the 4700-block of Elysian Fields Avenue, after the two talked about a marijuana sale.  After the conversation, Carpenter started to drive off, which is when Watson says he shot him.  Carpenter’s car then veered off the road and struck a tree near the intersection of Elysian Fields and Sumpter Street.  Officer Steve Nolan and Sergeant Steven Gilliam- who were patrolling the area at the time- immediately spotted the car, which had caught fire.   The two officers broke the driver’s window and pulled Carpenter out.  The officers soon noticed what appeared to be a gunshot wound to Carpenter’s head.  Carpenter was declared dead on the scene. 

Through investigation, Homicide Detective Andrew Packer was able to identify Darryl Watson as the gunman and subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for him as well as a search warrant for his residence.  During the search yesterday, detectives located the handgun allegedly used in the killing, as well as a 12- gauge shotgun, shotgun shells, live cartridges for a 9 millimeter handgun and a 9 millimeter gun magazine.  During questioning this morning, Watson told detectives he shot Carpenter because he didn’t believe Carpenter was going to give him drugs he had already paid him for. Watson was then booked with First Degree Murder.    

“Every officer involved in this case did an outstanding job- from Sergeant Gilliam and Officer Nolan, who pulled the victim from a burning car- to Detective Packer, who was able to identify this gunman through investigation”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas. 

“Not even a week has passed since this killing occurred, and our officers have managed to book this suspect with murder, and take him off our streets.”

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Contact:  Remi Braden

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Last updated: 5/15/2013 5:21:37 PM

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