Arrest made in shooting of Louisiana man with autism



Reserve, La. (WDSU) –

The St. John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest after a man with autism was shot while he was walking down the street.

According to the sheriff, Maurice Emanuel Hodges, 36, of Reserve, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the shooting of Aurelius Burfict, 57.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, deputies responded to the 100 block of East 21st Street in Reserve after a report of a man being shot.

When deputies arrived, they found Burfict with gunshot wounds to his body, according to the report.

According to police, Burfict was walking down the street when a car drove up from behind him.

A man then shot Burfict and fled to Highway 44, according to the report.

Emergency medical services arrived on the scene and took Burfict to a New Orleans hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives developed Hodges as a suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Hodges was arrested at 2:30 p.m. by the U.S. Marshal Task Force and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at an apartment complex in Lake Charles.

The sheriff said Hodges will be transported to the Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in LaPlace.

A motive is unknown at this time.

Hodges has been arrested 20 times in St. John the Baptist Parish since 2001, according to the sheriff.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or the Criminal Investigations Division at 985-359- 8774. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website here.

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