MURDER SUSPECT SURRENDERS
 
 
 
 Sheriff Jerry Larpenter reports that on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at about 7:45 p.m.,
Desmond Devonte Verdin turned himself in at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal
Justice Complex, in connection with charges stemming from a Dec. 24, 2019
shooting.
 Verdin was booked on warrants for First Degree Murder and First-Degree
Attempted Murder. He was also booked on warrants for Aggravated Second
Degree Battery; Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation; Domestic
Abuse Battery of a Pregnant Victim; Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Dangerous Substance I; Transactions Involving Proceeds From CDS Activity
and Use of a CDS In the Presence of Persons Under 17 Years.
 He is being held in lieu of bonds totaling $2,000,000.
 On Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at approx. 11:45 a.m., Terrebonne Parish deputies
and detectives responded to a local hospital regarding two men who suffered
with gunshot wounds. Deputies obtained information that the shooting had
taken place at the intersection of St. Louis Canal Rd. and N. Hollywood Rd.
while the two men were inside of a vehicle.
After the shooting the suspect’s vehicle turned right onto North Hollywood Rd.
headed towards West Park Ave. Detectives obtained information that there was
an alleged verbal altercation that occurred inside of the Southland Mall which
led to this shooting. There were multiple bullet holes in the vehicle that the
victims occupied.
 On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2019, Tuesday morning at approx. 3:45 a.m.
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted
by a hospital physician and informed that the 35-year-old gunshot victim,
Courtney Carter, age 35, had passed away.
 On Jan. 2, 2020, Tyler D. Payne Jr., 27, was arrested by detectives and is
now being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex charged
with murder and attempted murder. A 15-year-old juvenile suspect was also
arrested Jan. 1.   During an attempt to apprehend Verdin on Jan. 1, a
vehicle pursuit ensued during which the vehicle in question crashed into a
house on Olympe Drive in the Village East subdivision, causing minor damage.
A passenger, Gerard Barrow, 25, was arrested for possession and distribution of methamphetamine.