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On Saturday, September 8, around 11:15 am, APD responded to a report of shots fired at Wal-Mart on Coliseum Blvd. Upon arriving, officers found a 30 year old male subject lying on the ground who had been shot once in the chest. Emergency personnel responded and attempted to resuscitate the man, but were unable to, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Officers found the suspect, Kayla Coutee, 31, was still on scene, and she was taken into custody. Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to investigate and process the crime scene. The victim was identified as Coutee’s husband, whom she was meeting to exchange custody. The incident occurred in the outer section of the parking lot, with few other cars around. Coutee was transported to APD headquarters for interview.
There were three children present at the time of the shooting; none were injured. All three were taken to APD headquarters, where the Department of Children and Family Services were contacted to make arrangements for their care. The children were later released to the custody of family members.
Based on the information detectives learned in their investigation, Kayla Coutee was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder. She was transported to the Rapides Parish Detention Center and booked.
The name of the victim will be withheld for 24 hours to ensure all family members are notified. The names of the children will not be released.