Man arrested in connection with recent drive-by shootings

Ashley J. Oliver

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said one suspect has been arrested in a drive-by shooting that left one woman seriously injured—and the investigation is ongoing.

“I hope this arrest sends a strong message to these few people engaging in similar crimes that law enforcement will not tolerate that violence,” Stassi said. “We will continue targeted patrols in areas where these crimes are being committed.”

“We will not allow a few punks to break up the peace for the law-abiding citizens of Iberville Parish,” he continued.

Ashley J. Oliver, 19, was arrested not long after his release from incarceration in Lafayette, where he’d been told to inform the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office of his return, which he did not do, Stassi said.

Oliver has been charged with seven counts of attempted second degree murder and while his bond was originally set at $1 million by Judge Elizabeth Engolio, then increased to $2 million by Judge Alvin Batiste.

The two drive-by shootings just outside Plaquemine were reported to the Sheriff’s Office last Saturday, when one 25-year-old woman was shot in the back. No other injuries were reported.

Stassi said one of the shootings was reported around 12:15 a.m. last Saturday on True Hope Lane and the second on Patreau Lane, which reportedly occurred noon on the same day.

It was in this incident that a 25-year-old woman was struck by a bullet in the back.

“These two shooting were investigated by the Sheriff’s Office and determined to be connected,” Stassi said last week. “The houses that were targeted are home to babies, young children and elderly people.”

He said he and his office are committed to stopping what he called “senseless shootings.”

“These tit-for-tat retaliation type shootings will never end without the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and the assistance of the public,” Stassi said.

Stassi said the investigation is ongoing and asked the public to call the Sheriff’s Office if they have any information on either crime at (225) 687-3553.