MANSFIELD, Louisiana – Sheriff’s Deputies DeSoto and Mansfield Police are continuing their investigation into a report of a gunman firing shots in a Mansfield neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.
A person of interest was arrested Tuesday evening for questioning. However, no arrests were made, DPSO spokesman Mark Pierce confirmed on Wednesday morning.
Concerns about the safety of residents prompted the sheriff’s office to ask everyone in the area of Division and Church streets to stay indoors during the afternoon as dozens of law enforcement officers orders searched the area.
The show of force followed a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. about a “suspicious person” carrying a gun in the neighborhood. MPs responded and identified the gunman only as a white man.
MPs heard gunshots and saw the man running. A local resident also said he heard a flood of gunfire.
There was no confirmation that the man had shot anyone.
Members of Parliament and police have crisscrossed the neighborhood on foot. Some were accompanied by their K-9s. The DPSO helicopter also searched from the air.
The person of interest was located around 7 p.m., bringing the coordinated search to an end. The officers always maintained a presence in the neighborhood overnight.
Pierce said more information may be released as the investigation progresses today.