Double Homicide and Multiple Shooting (update 05/19)

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Cameron Joe


Tuesday night at approximately 10:20 pm, a Winnfield officer responded to multiple gun shots fired at 501 Elliott Street in Winnfield to discover 2 deceased victims and 2 other gunshot victims.

Detectives and officers with the Winnfield Police Department worked all night processing the crime scene for evidence in the double homicide.

Jatarion Starks, age 24 of Winnfield, was pronounced dead on the scene. Another unidentified b/m subject was also pronounced dead.

The other 2 injured persons were Damion Hardwell and Kendall Reed.  Both were airlifted to Rapides Regional Trauma Center. Their condition is unknown at the time of this report.

Detective report that over 30 rounds of ammunition was fired within the house from several types of guns. Also found were over 10 pounds of illegal marijuana.

The investigation is continuing. Sources report that at least 3 other people were involved and seen fleeing the scene in a white sedan.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident or possible identification of the second deceased person may call the Winnfield Police Department at (318)628-3511.  Sgt. Andy Roberts is the lead investigator in this case. Identification is of utmost importance so that his family can be properly notified.

The Winnfield Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the different agencies that responded to this incident, to include the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Winnfield Fire and Rescue, and Advance EMS Services.

Update:  5/19/2022

Kendall Reed was treated and released from RRMC while Damion Hardwell is listed as guarded, but stable condition and is expected to recover.  The second deceased subject has been identified as Gretavious Burks, age 18, of Jonesboro, LA. 

As a result of the investigation, 1 arrest has been made and more may follow.  Booked into the City, then the Winn Parish Detention Center was Cameron Joe, age 18, of Hodge, LA.  He is charged with 1st Degree Murder and is awaiting a 72-hr hearing at this time.  More updates will follow as they occur.

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