By Anders Anglesey | Newsweek | March 27, 2022
A Louisiana father is alleged to have fatally shot his son’s accused killer in a case of “street justice,” according to police.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said Bokio Johnson, 46, fatally shot and killed one person and left a second injured in a shooting at Chef Menteur Highway and Providence Place on March 23.
According to Fox 8, Johnson killed Hollis Carter, 21, who was out on bond despite having been charged over the killing of Johnson’s son Caleb, 18, and his sister Breyiana Brown, 25, in March 2021.
Carter, who was charged with two second-degree murder charges, had been on his way to court when Johnson allegedly opened fire on him.
Rafael Goyeneche with the Metropolitan Crime Commission questioned whether Carter should have been out on bond, and spoke about Johnson’s alleged shooting.
He told CBS/ABC affiliate KNOE8: “Even the attorney representing the deceased called it street justice and he is absolutely right.”
In a March 25 statement, the NOPD said officers responded to a shooting where they found a woman and man who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
The woman was taken to a local hospital in a critical condition while the man was found to have suffered a gunshot wound to the dead and was pronounced dead.
It added: “Through investigation, NOPD Homicide Unit detectives developed and positively identified Johnson as a suspect in this incident.
“A search warrant was obtained and executed on Johnson’s residence, where Johnson was located. After interview, Johnson was determined to be the perpetrator in this incident and was placed under arrest. He was booked accordingly into the Orleans Parish Justice Center.”
Johnson was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder.
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office is set to officially reveal the identity of the victim following an autopsy and notification of family members.
Anyone with any additional information about the homicide is asked to contact NOPD Homicide Detective Brittany Kimbrough on 504-658-5300.
An online obituary for Caleb said his plans were to join the U.S. Navy despite being accepted into universities. A GoFundMe page has since been set up to raise $100,000 for Johnson’s legal fees and has so far received $2,115 in donations.
Newsweek has contacted the NOPD for comment.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., 179 people in Louisiana have been shot dead this year. It added that 59 people in the city of New Orleans had been fatally shot since January 1, 2022.
Newsweek has reported on other cases where parents have allegedly taken justice into their own hands. Last year, a Washington state father was charged with murder after he allegedly killed his daughter’s ex-boyfriend who he claimed sold her to a sex-trafficking ring.
John Eisenman, 60, was charged after the decayed body of Andrew Sorensen, 19, was found inside an abandoned truck in Spokane.
A Spokane Police Department (SPD) spokesperson said in a Facebook post: “Patrol officers spoke with several individuals who indicated they believed the body of a deceased person was located in the trunk. SPD officers verified human remains were contained within the vehicle.”