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Elmer man arrested in relation to fatal shooting of off-duty RPSO deputy

Published: May. 17, 2021 at 3:12 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 9:09 AM CDT
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GARDNER, La. (RPSO and KALB) - An Elmer man has been arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of an off-duty Rapides Parish deputy that occurred in the Gardner area on May 15.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office says Victor Paul Bellino, 51, has been booked for one count of second-degree murder. No bond has been set at this time.

“This is a terrible tragedy that has affected so many people in our community as well as our department,” said Sheriff Mark Wood. “We continue to pray for God’s comfort to all those involved.”

On May 15, RPSO deputies had responded to the shooting in the 100 block of Oscar Branch Road and found an unconscious victim and another person suffering from gunshot wounds. The unconscious victim was pronounced dead at the scene and identified as Mark Lewis, 40, of Hineston, a Deputy Sheriff with RPSO assigned to the Corrections Division at Detention Center 3 since 2020. He was off duty at the time of the incident.

Bellino was the other person found.

RPSO determined that Lewis and Bellino had been in an altercation which resulted in gunfire and both persons being hit.

RPSO says the investigation is still ongoing.

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