BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – An overnight argument involving multiple people allegedly broke out at a Gonzales bar and led to a Sunday (August 21) morning standoff between the two sides in Baton Rouge.
But when shots were fired, deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) stepped in and put an end to the incident.
It was around 2:30 a.m. when a deputy who’d been patrolling the area near Price LeBlanc on Airline Highway heard the gunshots.
Official documents say the deputy followed the sounds to two nearby vehicles, a Ford F150 and a GMC truck.
The deputy reports watching both trucks flee the scene, and making the quick decision to follow the Ford.
Meanwhile, other deputies were reportedly notified and began searching for the GMC.
The deputy says the Ford was pulled over at Stumberg Lane and the two individuals inside were detained, both of whom spoke Spanish as a first language and struggled to understand English.
According to an arrest report, once an interpreter was secured, the driver of the Ford was identified as 27-year-old Cecilio Morin-Hernandez and he not only admitted to firing his weapon but provided a detailed explanation regarding his actions.
Documents say Morin-Hernandez told deputies the trouble started at a Gonzales bar called El Patron, where he and his companion got into an argument with the five individuals in the GMC.
Apparently still angry after leaving El Patron, Morin-Hernandez allegedly followed the GMC down Airline Highway until both vehicles arrived in Baton Rouge, where they pulled over at Price LeBlanc and got out of their respective trucks to face each other in some sort of standoff.
Deputies say Morin-Hernandez told them he felt the need to intimidate the people in the other vehicle because it was an unfair match of five against two, so he fired his weapon at the ground in their direction.
According to arrest documents, Morin-Hernandez said he had no idea a deputy was nearby and that after firing the shots, he fled the scene and threw the gun out of the window of his Ford.
Deputies indicate that the other vehicle, the GMC, was eventually pulled over and its five occupants corroborated Morin-Hernandez’s statement, as did evidence of shell casings.
Morin-Hernandez was arrested and charged with illegal use of a weapon.