LPD: Arrest made 6 months after multiple shootings in January

LINCOLN, Neb. - Six months after a string of shootings during a night in January, investigators have arrested an alleged suspect, 22- year-old Dontaiven Drappeaux.

On Friday evening, investigators contacted Drappeaux at his residence in the 900 block of South 29th Street and arrested him.

On January 7, Drappeaux allegedly wreaked havoc in Lincoln throughout the night.

It started with police responding to a call at the 1700 block of South Street on a weapons violation.

Police say that when officers arrived, they had found several people who were within the residence when shots were fired into the home.

They recovered 9mm shell casings, processed the scene, interviewed witnesses, and canvassed the area for video evidence. The officers had seen several bullet holes in the home that had gone through the interior walls.

Later that night, police say, officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Baldwin where there was a report of gunshots fired into another residence.

Police say that when officers arrived, they spoke to several people who reported that while they were inside the home they heard gunshots and saw bullets coming inside. Officers recovered 9mm shell casings that were the same brand as the ones from the previous drive-by shooting.

Again, the officers interviewed witnesses, processed the scene for evidence, and canvassed the area for video.

Just before midnight that same night, officers were sent to another residence in the 100 block of N 27th Street where gunshots were reportedly heard.

When the officers got there, they found damage from bullets to an apartment building. Officers recovered 9mm shell casings in an alley and spoke to a tenant who heard the gunshots. Officers processed the scene for evidence and canvassed the area.

In the earlier cases, witnesses described a white SUV fleeing the area at a high rate of speed after the gunshots were heard.

As officers were responding to the most recent call, an officer had observed a silver Nissan Versa in the 300 block of N 27th and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, a 20-year-old female, was found to have a suspended driver’s license and the vehicle was towed per department policy.

Police say that during the inventory search of the vehicle, officers found a 9mm handgun under the front passenger seat where Drappeaux had been seated. As officers approached Drappeaux about the handgun, police say, he took off running.

After a short foot chase, he was taken into custody and arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing a police officer. Officers located a fanny pack on him that contained 9mm bullets that were the same brand as those that were fired in each shooting.

Police say there were reports of no injuries and estimated damages ranged from $200 to $750.

Police say that the casings were submitted to the stated lab where it was determined that they were fired from the gun they had found in the vehicle.

Friday, they brought Drappeaux into custody for three counts of discharge of a firearm near a building and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.