Posted: Sep 22, 2010 6:13 PM by Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Sep 22, 2010 7:54 PM
One man is dead and another is facing a murder charge after a shooting and three-hour standoff in Baton Rouge Tuesday night. It happened on the 13,000 block of Goodwood Drive.
A makeshift memorial filled with teddy bears and flowers are now the only memories of Douglas Arrington, who was attacked and shot by Thomas Fayard and Fayard's dog as Arrington was walking back from the corner store. The vigil was transformed overnight from a crime scene with flashing lights. Now, blood marks the spot across the street from the accused murderer's house where Arrington died.
Neighbors called the crime senseless and described Arrington as a man who would do anything for anyone.
Neighbors also described Fayard as the "Cox man." They said he spent Tuesday sitting on his front porch drinking and listening to music.
"He said some racial slurs yesterday that he was going to kill him a 'n-word,'" said neighbor Dee Gibson.
Gibson said she dismissed it because she believed Fayard had shell shock from being in the army. She described Fayard as a military vet who was robbed about a year ago by three black men and ever since has been on guard to catch the people who wronged him.
"He went as far as to grab a young school boy and thought he was one of the gentlemen until some of the neighbors talked him down," said Gibson.
After the shooting and during the standoff, Fayard guarded his house with an electrically-charged fence and security cameras and refused to come out of his house. It took negotiators three hours to convince him to surrender.