Suspect and victim identified in Wednesday's fatal shooting
Frin W. Coward (Source: Calcasieu Correctional Center)
VINTON, LA (KPLC) -
A man is accused of second-degree murder and the victim identified Wednesday's fatal shooting in Vinton, according to authorities.
The incident happened at approximately 4:15 p.m. at a home on La. 109 South in Vinton, said Kim Myers, Calcasieu Sheriff's spokeswoman. The suspect, Frin W. Coward, 70, and the victim, Michael G. Fountain, 56, both of Vinton, were acquaintances. Both Coward and Fountain got into a verbal argument at which time Coward fired several shots, striking and killing Fountain. Upon arrival, deputies found Fountain deceased in the driveway of the residence. Coward told deputies that he indeed shot and killed Fountain.
Coward was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. His $1.5 million bond was set by Judge Guy Bradberry.
Witnesses also told deputies that they saw a woman running from the residence where the shooting occurred, Myers said. She flagged down a motorist who drove her to a local convenience store for safety. She was unharmed. The woman is an acquaintance of both Fountain and Coward but is not believed to be involved in the shooting.