Ashland man charged with aggravated battery in connection with weekend shooting


Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded Saturday, June 4 at 5:35 NATCOM 911 Center reports from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office of a shooting victim being treated at Christus Coushatta Health Care Center in Coushatta.
Deputies arrived at the hospital and learned a 35-year-old Bienville Parish man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the lower leg area.
While interviewing the victim and a witness, they learned the victim and female companion were involved in a verbal altercation at the residence of Charles David “Cowboy” Cloud in the 800 block of La. Hwy 153 in Ashland.
The verbal altercation apparently took place while the victim, companion and Cloud were allegedly all outside of the residence.
During the altercation, Cloud reportedly entered his residence armed himself with a small caliber handgun, returned outside and fired several rounds striking the victim in the lower leg.
The victim was transported from the scene by private vehicle to Christus Coushatta Health.
Detectives obtained sufficient evidence and probable cause to secure criminal arrest warrants.
At approximately 10:03 p.m., deputies arrested Cloud at his residence without incident.


Cloud, 68, was charged with Aggravated second-degree Battery, and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm.
Cloud remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center with bond set at $75,000 by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge.
Deputies C. Crow and T. Stewart made the arrest