On October 28, 2018, at approximately 5:15 P.M. the Crowley Police Department responded to the 700 block of Leslie Amos Dr. in reference to the victim, later identified as Brydon Gray being shot multiple times and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. When interviewing multiple eye witness Detectives with the Crowley Police Department were able to identify the shooter as a Ronald Lathers Jr. out of New Orleans Louisiana.
On October 30, 2018, and arrest warrant was obtained for Lathers for Second Degree Murder. The warrant was reviewed and signed by Judge Kristian Earls granting a $550,000 dollar bond. In collaboration with the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force Lafayette Office, the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force New Orleans Office, and the New Orleans Police Violent Offender Squad, Lathers was taken into custody on November 6, 2018, at an apartment complex located at the 6000 block of Cameron St. in New Orleans. He was later processed and booked into the Orleans Parish Correctional Center for the Second Degree Murder warrant and other pending charges in that jurisdiction
In Commenting on the arrest, Chief Jimmy Broussard of the Crowley Police Department was quick to praise the work of his department and others. “I cannot begin to thank everyone who assisted us, including witnesses and family, in the quick identification of our suspect. Within 48 hours of receiving the information, warrants were issued and we were just awaiting Lathers’ arrest. I applaud our Communications, Patrol and Detective Division for doing such an amazing job, and though the family is in mourning over the loss of their loved one, we can still bring them closure and peace knowing that the suspect is in custody. It is when we ALL work together that we can make a difference in our community.”