At 5:25 p.m. on April 10, 2017, Red River Sheriff’s Communications received a call for assistance from staff at Ware Youth Center in reference to a riot in progress. The incident was described as a fight in the common area of the detention facility involving multiple juvenile detainees. Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies were executing a shift change which allowed nine available patrol units to immediately respond. Two additional sheriff’s deputies and one Coushatta city police officeralso responded to the call. The first units arrived at the location within five minutes of the assistance request.
As deputies made entry into the facility, all residents immediately complied with verbal commands and ceased all aggressive actions. After a brief on-site investigation, detectives learned that the incident involved a fight among approximately fifteen male residents during their dinner period.
Four seventeen year old male offenderswere subsequently placed under arrest without further incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ). Each was booked as an adult and charged with Inciting to Riot.As the investigation continued with the assistance of Ware staff, an additional seventeen year old malewas implicated the following day and booked into the RRPJ on the same charge. Arrested were Cody Barron and Damonta Johnson both of Bossier City, Jay-Don Morrison and Kentravious Nelson both of Haughton and Jaylon Luckey of Shreveport. All remain incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail with a bond amount of $20,000 each.
Five additional juvenile detainees were also charged for their role in the incident and remain incarcerated in Ware Youth Center. Those charges ranged from Inciting a Riot to Simple Criminal Damage to Property.
No significant injuries and only minor damage to the facility were reported.