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Missouri couple charged in two recent shooting incidents in Lafourche

Missouri couple charged in two recent shooting incidents in Lafourche

A couple from Missouri faces charges of attempted murder and property damage following two shooting incidents which occurred this past week. Justin Rice, 26, and Christina Higgins, 35, both of Jefferson City, Missouri, were arrested Tuesday, August 5th in Golden Meadow.

The first incident occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, July 31. Just after 1:30 p.m., patrol deputies responded to a shooting on LA Hwy. 308 in Lockport.

Deputies learned a woman was turning from the highway into a business parking lot when she heard something strike her vehicle. Deputies noticed a hole near the bottom of the driver's side door, and recovered a bullet and a 9mm casing from the scene. Detectives initially determined the shot had likely been fired from a green sport-utility vehicle traveling behind the victim's vehicle.

Two days later, at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, deputies responded to a shooting on Settlement Lane in Golden Meadow. They learned a man and woman in a green SUV were spotted near the storage units at the back of the street. As a nearby resident approached them to see if they needed assistance, the man pulled out a gun and began firing at the resident who was still inside his vehicle. The two subjects began driving away in the SUV, but they stopped at one point and fired additional rounds at the victim in his vehicle.

Detectives investigated this incident and were able to obtain a description of the subjects and learned the vehicle had a Missouri license plate. A notice was sent out to area law enforcement to be on the lookout for the subjects.
At around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, patrol deputies spotted the suspects in the SUV traveling along LA 1 in Golden Meadow and conducted a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the suspects, deputies immediately noticed 9mm shell casings inside the vehicle. They identified the woman as Christina Higgins and the man as Justin Rice. They found Rice to have an active warrant for probation and parole in the state of Missouri.

Through investigation, detectives discovered evidence linking the suspects to both shooting incidents on July 31 and August 2 and that Rice had allegedly fired the gun in both incidents.

Both Rice and Higgins were placed under arrest. Rice was charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, and Higgins was charged as a principle to all three charges. They were booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

Rice is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc and will eventually be extradited to the state of Missouri for Probation and Parole. Higgins is being held in lieu of $40,000 bond as set by Judge LeBlanc.