“There are no winners in this situation,” said Maj. Ronnie Hebert of the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office. “One young man lost his life and this young man could spend the rest of his life in prison.”
A collaborative effort between the Iberville Parish and the White Castle Police Department has led to the arrest of one suspect in the shooting last Saturday night at the small town’s community center, said Sheriff Brett Stassi.
Investigators needed only three days to apprehend one of two men they believe shot and killed a Gonzales man at a party at the White Castle Community Center Apr. 7, arresting Tyler Jackson, 21, last Wednesday, Apr. 10, Maj. Ronnie Hebert of the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Jackson, 6079 Majestic Ln., Sorrento, was charged with second degree murder and booked at the Iberville Parish Jail.
“If he’s convicted he faces a life in prison without benefit of probation or parole,” Hebert said, calling the situation tragic for at least two families. .
“There are no winners in this situation,” he said. “One young man lost his life and this young man could spend the rest of his life in prison.”
Thailan Cutno, 21, of Gonzales, was killed after being shot twice during the gathering at the White Castle Community Center, Stassi said, then commended his detectives for their efficient handling of the investigation.
“They worked hard to solve this case and I’m very pleased with the job they’ve done,” he said, adding his investigators were able to come up with “damning evidence” against Jackson.
“We’ve still got detectives on the ground working the streets and still digging for information that will lead to the arrest of the second suspect,” Stassi said.
No details were provided by Stassi or Hebert about what the second suspect’s role may have been in the murder.
“At first, no one could tell us anything,” Hebert said of the 250 or so people present for the gathering in White Castle. “The ones we did interview didn’t see anything, couldn’t tell us anything.”
“We were able to keep digging and digging, though, and we were able to find a couple of eyewitnesses who could positively identify Jackson through a photo lineup,” he continued.
Hebert said detectives are still working on a motive.
“We don’t know if these guys were having a problem with one another before the shooting – in street lingo, they call it ‘beefing” – and that’s what we’re trying to find out now is the legwork to find out if they had any kind of history together,” Stassi said.
“Through our investigation, we have learned that the victim was a good kid,” Hebert said. “He had no previous history of trouble.”
With another suspect still on the loose, those who saw the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance.
“We’re asking those who saw what happened to step forward and say what they saw,” Stassi said. “This could be one of our family next time and we want the witnesses to come forward and say what they saw.”