Moments after his capture: Andrew DeBerry, 18 (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Andrew B. DeBerry, 18 (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Danny Ray McKinney, 19 of Denison, TX (Source: Louisiana State Police)
A Louisiana State Police helicopter hovers above a 20-acre piece of land surrounded by law enforcement just west of Dixie Inn, in Webster parish
The perimeter of the state police's search area on Syrup Mill Road just north of the intersection with Hwy. 80
WEBSTER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
A wild 32 hours for state troopers finally ended, after capturing a teenage fugitive, wanted for allegedly trying to run over a police officer.
18-year-old Andrew DeBerry was found just before 5 p.m. Thursday evening, after spending the better part of two days on the run.
Deberry's passenger, Danny Ray McKinney, was taken into custody Wednesday night, hours after the two allegedly led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle. The chase began Wednesday morning when state police said a trooper tried to pull over the vehicle on I-20 near Haughton. The two allegedly kept driving past Camp Minden until Highway 80 near Syrup Mill Road when they parked on some private property, jumped out and ran into the woods.
The Louisiana State Police helicopter had landed for the day and law enforcement seemed to be on the verge of "calling it a day" in the search effort, when they found the wanted fugitive. In an exclusive interview, KSLA News 12 spoke with the property owner who helped in that capture.
Dale Chadwick showed us how the capture of a wanted fugitive played out inside his camper trailer, in the back of Chadwick's property off Highway 80 in Webster Parish.
"And the law officer said, 'Dont move!' And he was right under there," recalled Chadwick, as he pointed under the table.
And so ended a 32-hour search that all began shortly before 9 a.m., Wednesday morning with the use of a state police helicopter, blood hounds and an army of law enforcement from Bossier and Webster parishes, who joined state police in the search effort.
Pointing to different spots on his property, Chadwick said the driver, "hit that dirt pile, almost hit the trailer, almost hit the septic tank right yonder, went into the ditch, missed the garden. And he came to a stop up here."
Deberry ran into the woods. By late on this Thursday afternoon, what's called a line search, involving 21 officers, swept through the 20-acres of land where they thought they had already covered. But, when nothing was found, officers made a final check of the structures on Chadwick's property. That's when they noticed his camper was now locked. So they asked Chadwick to come unlock it.
Chadwick said that once he and the officer made it inside the trailer, the officer behind him first spotted Deberry right under the table, balled up.
"He didn't resist or nothing," said Chadwick.
Now under arrest, Deberry also faces a charge of attempted first degree murder, accused of trying to run over a state trooper during Wednesday's chase.
"When he described it to me, you know, he said, 'I'm either going to have to jump on the hood and roll off or just get out of the way.' He came within probably less than a foot or two of hitting him," said state police spokesman Matt Harris.
According to Chadwick, the young fugitive told him that he'd spent the entire night and all of Thursday in the camper. That may help explain why Deberry looked to be in such good shape, considering the search was entering its 33rd hour when he was finally discovered.
Troopers took Deberry to the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center, where he's locked-up. DeBerry is also listed as a fugitive in Houston County, Texas.