Incoming Sheriff lays groundwork for transition 
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. Houma 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, on 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
A Christmas honor for TPSO's military veterans
Col. Terry Daigre, Lt. Troy Boquet, Sheriff Jerry Larpenter, Sheriff-elect Tim
Soignet and Deputy Andrew Watzek represent their branches of military 
in front of the TPSO Christmas tree. Their boots from time in the military
are arranged beneath the tree. Col. Daigre served in the Army; Lt. Boquet in
the Navy; Sheriff Larpenter in the Air Force; Sheriff-elect Soignet in the 
Marine Corps and Deputy Watzek in the Coast Guard.