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Man Accused of Fatatlly Shooting Brother; Charges Pending

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According to Chief of Police Randy Fontenot,on Tuesday, September 8, Eunice Police responded to a call of someone being shot in an apartment at 821 S. Beulah Street.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 10:33 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2020 10:34 AM

Eunice, LA-According to Chief of Police Randy Fontenot,on Tuesday, September 8, Eunice Police responded to a call of someone being shot in an apartment at 821 S. Beulah Street. The call was received at 8:01 P.M. On arrival , officers located the suspect, Jonah Gobert, 29, in the apartment crying out loudly. Gobert’s brother, Benjamin Hurks, 35, was slumped over on a sofa bed, unresponsive, with a gun shot wound to the head. Hurks was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. Gobert was taken into custody on a warrant for an August 23, 2020 incident being charged with Criminal Damage to Property, Simple Assault and Aggravated Battery. The Aggravated Battery charge is a felony offense. A .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene. Chief Fontenot reports the shooting is still under investigation and charges are pending. Although still in guarded custody, Gobert has not been booked into jail and is receiving medical care at the this time. The illness he is being treated for is unrelated to this incident. A charge of Second - Degree Murder is likely upon Gobert’s release from the hospital.

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