Third shoot-out suspect caught in Slidell

Published 3:50 pm Thursday, March 8, 2012

The third and final suspect believed to have been involved in a deadly shoot-out that occurred about three months ago was captured in Slidell, La.

According to a press release from the Picayune Police Department 33-year-old Reginald Smith was captured in Slidell on Thursday, March 1, after the department received information he was staying in the nearby town.

Slidell Police and agents with the U.S. Marshal’s office located and arrested Smith who was taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington, La., the release states.

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Smith is waiting to be extradited back to Picayune on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

The charge he is facing is related to a shoot-out in mid December of last year where Smith, 27-year-old Quincy Jones, 31-year-old Decori King and 32-year-old Michael Burnett went to a trailer on Maxwell Street to confront the attacker in an altercation that occurred a few days before the shoot-out.

After the group arrived at the Maxwell Street home located next to a popular hangout called “the tree,” an altercation broke out and shots were fired. Jones would later tell investigators that 18-year-old Shaquille Bagley, who was not with the four seeking retribution, was the first to fire shots, hitting Smith and Burnett. Jones pulled his gun in self defense and shot Bagley, according to a statement he gave police after the incident. Both Bagley and Burnett died on the scene. Smith was injured by a gunshot, was accidentally run over by Jones as he ran away from the scene and later was taken to Highland Hospital by Jones for treatment of his injuries. Smith was treated and released from the hospital before he could be arrested on the warrant.

King and Jones were bound over to a grand jury after a preliminary hearing held early in February before County Court Judge Richelle Lumpkin found probable cause. The grand jury will decide if Jones will be indicted for murder and if King will be indicted for conspiracy to commit murder and for accessory before the fact of murder.

Grand jury proceedings are not open to the public and the jury’s decision will be included in a report issued later on its findings.