East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrest man after fatal shooting at apartment complex

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) announced the arrest of a man that shot and killed a man while children were present.

EBRSO was called to a shooting at 2605 Toulon Drive Saturday night. According to EBRSO, 46-year-old Erron Joseph called the sheriff’s office and said he and another person were involved in a shooting and were in the same apartment complex. When officers arrived at the scene, the apartment door was open. They conducted a safety test and found 31-year-old Jason Rosilez dead. Officers evacuated three children from the back bedroom where Rosilez was located. The three children were not injured. Officers detained Joseph.

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EBRSO said a witness told them that Rosilez was standing in his doorway when he pulled out a gun and pointed it at Joseph. Joseph pulled out his weapon and shots were fired. Rosilez went back into his apartment. Joseph went to his car in the parking lot to grab a rifle caliber and entered Rosilez’s apartment through an open door. EBRSO said the witness told them he heard Rosilez say to not shoot because children were present. Multiple gunshots were heard after.

Joseph was transported to the EBRSO Homicide Office for an interview where he told officers that Rosilez was standing in his doorway and had pointed a gun at him. Joseph got out his weapon and gunfire was exchanged. Joseph told officers that he went to grab his rifle while shots were still being fired at him. EBRSO said that Joseph told them he did want to give Rosilez “his back” so he went towards Rosilez. Joseph told officers that he fired shots in the living room, the hallway, and finally at Rosilez while he was standing in a bedroom. Joseph said his first shot made Rosilez fall and he continued to shoot him after he fell until he ran out of bullets.

EBRSO Homicide Detectives obtained search warrants for both apartments. Rosilez’s apartment showed no sign of him firing while inside his apartment but spent rifle casings were found in the hallway, living room, and near his body. Detectives determined Joseph’s statement was inaccurate. From the evidence, detectives also determined that after the first incident, Joseph grabbed his rifle and broke into Rosilez’s apartment. Joseph fired his rifle and killed Rosilez.

Detectives learned that while Joseph was shooting at Rosilez in his apartment, bullets were shot in the walls of the bedrooms that the children were in.

Crime scene evidence suggested that Joseph shot Rosilez with eight bullets while he was on the floor of the bedroom.

Joseph is being charged with first-degree murder and three counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was arrested and transported to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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