Joshua Mouton Shoots Teenager for Halloween Prank
As we draw closer to Halloween, our neighborhoods are certainly looking different than they did in September. Many homeowners have put up spooky decorations to get ready for the holiday–some more creative and “all out” than others.
It’s also a popular time for mischievous behavior, which can sometimes have dangerous outcomes, which is what happened in a scary incident during the evening of October 20.
A trio of teenagers approached the home of 32-year-old Joshua Mouton and were allegedly throwing toilet paper rolls at his house. Mouton, who was less than pleased, called law enforcement about the disturbance and allegedly believed that the three teenagers were trying to steal his car in addition to damaging his house.
At that point, Mouton retrieved his gun, exited his home, and began firing at the teenagers. One teen was struck in the leg and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. According to reports, at least one of the teenagers was an acquaintance of Mouton’s children.
While Mouton’s frustration with the situation may be understandable, his actions were problematic, especially considering his personal criminal history. Mouton isn’t allowed to own a firearm due to this background, and as a result, he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.
Mouton faces charges of aggravated battery, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and other charges.
There are a lot of ways to digest this story, and it is unfortunate that it came to a cruel conclusion. If you or someone you know is affected by a violent crime, please call The Johnson Firm at (337) 433-1414.