On October 20, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Chris Hickman responded to a report of an altercation involving a weapon. When Lt. Hickman arrived near the intersection of Highway 439 and Highway 60, he discovered a man who had been shot and another man standing nearby with a pistol on his side and in a holster. Lt. Hickman removed the weapon and detained the man in his patrol vehicle.
Lt. Hickman was unable to locate a pulse on the victim who was discovered lying on the ground next to a lawnmower. Northshore EMS responded to the scene along with Detective Chad Cassard and Detective Raymond Myers.
Arrested without incident was Brandon Martina, 25, a resident of Pittman Road northeast of Franklinton. Martina was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on a charge of second degree murder.
"Any murder, regardless of the motive, is always tragic," stated Sheriff Randy Seal. "Our collective hearts go out to the family of the victim and any others affected by this crime. Thanks, Lt. Hickman, Detective Cassard and Detective Myers for your quick response."