Opelousas – On December 6, 2019 the Opelousas Police Department made an arrest to bring closure to (2) major investigations being handled by the Department. On September 24, 2019 just before 9:00 P.M. the Opelousas Police Department responded to a call for shots fired at the Opelousas Super Wal-Mart, located at 1629 Creswell Ln. The subsequent investigation resulted in officers determining that what appeared to be a lone perpetrator fired over (20) rounds of high caliber rifle ammunition at the northwest corner of the building striking it several times. Fortunately, no one was injured during the discharge of the multiple rounds. Evidence was collected at the scene but no motive or suspect information was determined at that time.
On November 17, 2019 the Opelousas Police Department was contacted by the Port Barre Police Department who wanted to request assistance in reference to an active vehicle pursuit of a vehicle that had failed to stop for Port Barre units for a speeding violation. It was indicated at that time that the fleeing vehicle may have fired shots at the pursing Port Barre units. Opelousas Police units joined in the pursuit that continued through Opelousas on main travel routes and into neighborhood areas in the southwest corner of Opelousas. During the pursuit several shots were fired at pursuing officers. At some point during the chase officers were able to obtain a partial license plate number of the suspect vehicle. Ultimately the suspect evaded officers and could not be located immediately. Evidence was collected at various locations where shots were fired at officers, which indicated the suspect was discharging rifle caliber rounds. During the incident one civilian vehicle was struck by gunfire. Fortunately, again no one was injured during the reckless discharge of the multiple rounds.
During the days after the pursuit the Opelousas Police Department received information of a possible suspect that may have been involved in the pursuit. Investigators were able to identify Mr. Kevin Vallian age: 30 of Opelousas as a person of interest. Investigators were then able to submit several pieces of crucial evidence that not only linked Mr. Vallian to the pursuit incident, but also to the Wal-Mart shooting from September. Mr. Vallian made statements during the investigation voicing his complaints and hatred of the U.S. Government. It was also learned that Mr. Vallian was an active US Army reservist. Warrants were then secured for the arrest of Mr. Vallian for the following:
- Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property
- Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
- Illegal Carrying of Weapons
- Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer (4 – Counts)
- Red Light (9 – Counts)
- Reckless Operation
On December 6, 2019 Detectives along with members of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office served the warrants for Mr. Vallian’s arrest while he was at work as an unarmed security officer at Lucky’s truck stop Casino located just outside of Opelousas. During the arrest it was discovered that Mr. Vallian had two illegally concealed firearms on his person. Mr. Vallian will be facing additional charges from other agencies involved in these incidents.
Mr. Vallian was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail on the aforementioned charges. Bond was set on Mr. Vallian at $1,577,250.00
In regards to the ongoing investigation the Opelousas Police Department seeks the publics assistance in locating the vehicle that was used in at least one of these incidents. Investigators presume that Vallian may have attempted to conceal or get rid of the vehicle in question, which is a 2000 Blue Buick Lesabre bearing La. Lic. YNT 730. If anyone has seen or knows the location of this vehicle we ask that they contact the Opelousas Police Department 337-948-2500. Callers can choose to remain anonymous. As always public support and input is crucial in solving this and many other crimes.