Just before 8:30 on November 28, 2019, the Lake Charles Police Department responded to a call regarding a shooting in the 3800 block of Brentwood Street.
The investigation revealed that the victim worked for a local taxi company and in the course of his job, traveled to Brentwood Street to pick up a fare. Upon arriving at the location, the suspect entered the victim’s vehicle and shot the taxi driver once in the face.
The driver exited the vehicle after the shooting and the suspect took the vehicle and fled to Texas.
The driver was treated at a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
On November 30, 2019, the victim’s vehicle was seen traveling east on I-210 in Lake Charles and when officers with the Lake Charles Police Department and Louisiana State Police attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit ensued that ended near the intersection of Illinois and West Walton Streets.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was identified as 33-year-old Courtlyn Pete of Lake Charles. It was determined that Pete was also responsible for shooting the taxi driver.
Pete was initially jailed for illegal possession of stolen property, hit and run, flight from an officer, careless operation, and operating a vehicle with suspended license. On December 2, 2019, detectives with the Lake Charles Police Department completed a new warrant for Courtlyn Pete on the charges of attempted first degree murder, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond was set at $1,750,000.00 and he remains at the Calcasieu Parish Corrections Facility.