Wednesday, Nov. 8, at about 8:30 a.m., the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office and Winnfield Police Department began receiving 911 calls concerning a shooting near the Winnfield Senior High School. The responding officer was notified that the shooter was at the Winn Parish Emergency Room while the victim was still on the scene.
According to City Police, upon arriving at the ER, the officer learned that the victim was being treated for gunshot wounds and the suspect was still on the scene. The officer quickly went to the scene and discovered first responders treating a white male subject. After the on-scene investigation and several witness interviews, the suspect was taken into custody. Several handguns and a rifle were seized from the suspect’s car.
According to witnesses, the incident started downtown close to Home Hardware where the offender allegedly contacted the victim and an argument ensued. The suspect then fled the scene while the victim and his brother attempted to follow him to get information to give law enforcement. 911 was called by both parties while they were driving.
At some point, the suspect began firing a handgun out of his window, striking the victim 4 times. The victim then collided with the rear of the suspect’s vehicle causing him to stop. The victim and his brother, in separate trucks, pulled ahead and stopped. The suspect got out of his vehicle and began firing at both the victim and his brother, striking both trucks in the back windshield. The victim and his brother drove off immediately and went to the ER.
The victim is identified as James R Williams, age 59, of Dodson. He was transferred to Rapides Regional Medical Center trauma unit. He is in stable condition currently.
Nolan Griffin, age 23, also of Dodson, has been charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities and 2 counts of Hate Crimes. He is currently in the Winn Parish Detention Center awaiting judicial hearings.
- Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.