Men posing as FEMA workers force into home at gunpoint, shoot resident
AMITE – Deputies in Tangipahoa Parish are still looking for one man who they say posed as a FEMA worker, forced his way into a home at gunpoint then shot a resident in August.
The shooting happened on Aug. 20 around 10:51 a.m. Deputies say 47-year-old Deshaun Harness and another man posed as FEMA workers to gain entry into a home on Franklin Street in the Village of Tangipahoa. When a woman answered the door, the two men asked her to sign a form.
Investigators say one of the men then pulled a handgun and forced his way into the home and shooting a man who lived there. Both men then fled the home.
Harness was taken into custody in New Orleans Wednesday. He was charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated battery and two counts of false imprisonment.
Sheriff Edwards is now asking the public for help to identify the second man. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-554-5245.