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Suspect in fatal shooting re-arrested

published July 9, 2009
A man arrested earlier this week on a charge of second degree murder has been arrested on a charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, authorities said.

Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, and four others were arrested July 6 in connection with the death of Daniel Gueringer.

Rousseau was released on $25,000 bond.

The four other men — Bryce Perkins, Derek Peloquin, Greg Wisner and Taylor Johnson — remain in jail.

Perkins was charged with second-degree murder; Peloquin and Wisner were charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice; and Johnson was charged with inciting a riot and criminal conspiracy.

Perkins, whom police have identified as the shooter, has also been charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

His bond was set at $560,000.

Police on Tuesday reportedly found a gun that they were able to connect to Rousseau.

Rousseau’s bail on the murder charge was set at $200,000, but Judge Kent Savoie allowed his father, Michael Rousseau, to sign a surety bond for his release.

The bond allows a third party to assume responsibility for the full amount of the bail if the suspect does not appear in court.

Under the bond’s special conditions, Austin Rousseau must live with his father and submit to drug tests.

The bond does not require any collateral, only a $30 administrative fee.

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July 9, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

Fifth person arrested in LC slaying

*published July 8, 2009
Lake Charles police arrested a fifth person on Monday in connection with the shooting death of Daniel Gueringer, 20, according to documents.

Taylor Ryan Johnson, 20, of Iowa has been identified as the “uninvited guest” who showed up at a Fourth of July party at 4030 W. Prien Lake Road.

He is charged with inciting a riot and criminal conspiracy.

According to records, Johnson attempted to start a fight with several subjects at the party by bumping them and elbowing them. After being told to leave the party, Johnson called Bryce Wayne Perkins, 23, and Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, to meet him at the house.

During an argument between Johnson, Perkins and Rousseau and other party-goers, Perkins allegedly shot Gueringer, who detectives say was trying to break up a fight.

The report states that Johnson was overheard by several people saying he was going to kill someone.

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July 8, 2009 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

WEEKEND SHOOTING: Victim Marine on leave

Four arrests in shooting; Dixon alleges cover-up
*published July 7, 2009

Lake Charles police have arrested four people in the Sunday shooting death of 20-year-old Daniel Cole Gueringer.

Police Chief Don Dixon said Monday that Gueringer, a Marine a lance corporal on leave from Camp LeJeune, N.C., was shot while trying to break up a fight.

Bryce Wayne Perkins, 23, and Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, are charged with second-degree murder. Derek Peloquin, 22, and Greg Wiesner, 23, are charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.

Dixon said officials think the men were trying to orchestrate a cover-up by lying to detectives and trying to get rid of evidence.

He confirmed that Perkins is the son of a city police officer, but said that fact has no bearing on the case.

“We are leaving no stone unturned, and we are going to charge him with everything we possibly can,” Dixon said.

He said he initially considered asking another law enforcement agency to handle the investigation, but decided against it.

“The suspect is an adult, and the father knows that we are going to charge him with everything we can,” Dixon said.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, police responding to a 911 call at 4030 W. Prien Lake Road reportedly found Gueringer lying in the road. He was taken to Christus St. Patrick Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dixon said Gueringer was at a Fourth of July party at the address.

“An uninvited person was asked to leave, so (the uninvited person) called Perkins and Rousseau, who came with a weapon,” Dixon said.

He said a confrontation ensued between some partygoers and Perkins, Rousseau and the uninvited person. During the fray, Gueringer was shot, Dixon said.

“We have spoken to about 30 witnesses and would like anyone else who was at the party to come forward,” he said.

Lead Detective Lecia McCullough can be reached at 337-491-1311.

Perkins and Peloquin both have criminal histories. Clerk of Court’s Office records list for Perkins arrests for marijuana possession and simple criminal property damage and show that Peloquin was arrested for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, simple burglary and theft over $500.

Gueringer, a graduate of Barbe High School, had been a Marine for two years. His mother, Sandra, said he was scheduled to go back to North Carolina on Monday.

He had returned from Iraq in February.

“This young Marine served his country and came back thinking he was safe in his hometown,” Dixon said. “This is total stupidity, and everyone involved will be held accountable.”

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July 7, 2009 at 2:09 am Leave a comment