Handgun wielding estranged wife charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder



A two-week investigation by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives led to the arrest of a Natchitoches woman on Attempted Murder charges in connection with the alleged ploy to murder her husband at a hunting lease in north Natchitoches Parish.

The investigation began Christmas Eve at approximately 1:22 p.m. when deputies responded to 911 reports of a shooting on La. Hwy 480 near Bubba Ridley Road north of Campti.

Deputies arrived on the scene within six minutes and discovered Angelique “Angel” E. LaCaze, 54, of Natchitoches suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip area.

Her husband, Mickey LaCaze, 53, was standing over the victim rendering first aid and stating, “She is trying to kill me.”

Natchitoches Parish Regional Medical Center EMS, Life Air and detectives responded.

Angelique LaCaze was airlifted  Ochsner LSU Health Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

As the investigation progressed, detectives learned that Mr. LaCaze went to his hunting lease off of La. Hwy 480 Christmas Eve.  They learned that while he was attempting to retrieve his all-terrain vehicle from an undisclosed area, a female, positively identified as Angelique LaCaze, exited the woods and began firing a semi-automatic handgun at him as he sat on the ATV.

Mr. LaCaze exited the ATV and ran towards his vehicle while Mrs. LaCaze continued firing at him.

Mr. LaCaze armed himself with a handgun and continued running towards La. Hwy 480 as Mrs. LaCaze fired at him again. He allegedly yelled to her to drop the gun. She failed to do so and he fired one round striking her in the hip area.

Detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to suspect that Mrs. LaCaze was allegedly attempting to murder her husband.

Mrs. LaCaze was later transferred from Shreveport to a Baton Rouge facility for treatment. Detectives learned Tuesday, Jan. 8, she had checked out of the facility.

At 10 p.m. deputies received a tip that Mrs. LaCaze was shopping in Natchitoches. She was arrested without incident.

Angelique LaCaze of the 100 block of Posey Road is charged with 1-Count of Attempted Second-Degree Murder.

She remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Detectives say the couple was separated at the time of the shooting.

Detective Darrell Winder was assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division, Detectives with the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division and Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office in the investigation.