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POWHATAN, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Sabine Parish man Sunday.

Around 12:32 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a shooting at the Willa Point Apartments on the 1400 block of La. Hwy 1 North in Powhatan, La. They discovered a private vehicle was taking the victim to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Law enforcement intercepted the vehicle and escorted them to the medical center.

Shooting at Willa Point Apartments in Powhatan, La. (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Witnesses told investigators that 20-year-old Jacoby Javon “Cobi” Forte, of Mansfield, shot the victim with a handgun and fled. The Natchitoches Parish Coroner pronounced the victim, 19-year-old Jalan Dunte McGee of Zwolle, La, dead at 1:56 p.m. He says McGee died from one or more gunshot wounds to the upper body.

His body is being taken to a Shreveport Forensic Pathology Office for an autopsy.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright announced Monday afternoon that Forte turned himself into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, accompanied by his lawyer.

The court issued arrest warrants for Forte Monday morning for second-degree murder and illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony. He was on felony probation for being convicted of aggravated assault with a firearm in March 2023.