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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Argument escalates to killing

  • The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office received two 911 phone calls shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, indicating that three Bastrop men had been involved in an altercation on Milton White Road, which resulted in the death of one man.
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  • The Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office received two 911 phone calls shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, indicating that three Bastrop men had been involved in an altercation on Milton White Road, which resulted in the death of one man. Chad Jones informed deputies that he and David Hale had stopped Todd Curtis with the intention of questioning him on a domestic dispute. The argument among the men quickly escalated until Curtis pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired a single gunshot at Hale. According to Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Curtis was driving down Milton White Road, near Hwy. 425 north of Bastrop. Jones, who was driving a truck, and Hale, who was riding with him in the passenger seat, spotted Curtis and decided to position their truck so as to cut him off in the middle of the road, blocking Curtis's car and forcing it to stop. “David Hale jumped out of the truck's passenger seat and ran up to Todd Curtis's vehicle,” Tubbs said. According to Curtis's affidavit, Jones was seeking revenge on Curtis, who was currently seeing his estranged wife. When Jones saw Curtis driving down the road, his intentions were to trap him to that one spot and confront him. “When Hale exited the truck, he ran up to Curtis's window to speak with him. The argument escalated,” Tubbs said. Curtis' statement in his affidavit reads: “Hale reached through the window and struck him in the face. Hale then tried to force Curtis' window down and get him out of his vehicle. In fear of his life, Curtis shot Hale once.” Curtis then left the scene and called the MPSO. “Both Jones and Curtis called 911,” Tubbs said. “Jones stayed at the scene and waited for deputies to arrive.” The affidavit states Curtis drove approximately 3 miles to his girlfriend's home, where he informed deputies he'd be waiting. He surrendered without incident. Hale was pronounced dead at the scene. Curtis was charged with one count of manslaughter. He is currently being held at the Morehouse Parish Jail where he'll face a judge and receive a bond this morning during a hearing.

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