The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is close to concluding their investigation into a fatal shooting that occurred early Monday morning in the Ozone Woos subdivision in Slidell.
Shortly after midnight (January 17th), St. Tammany Parish deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Robin Street in reference to a shooting. A homeowner, identified as 24-year-old, Shane Hicks, told deputies he was inside of his home when he heard shouting outside in his front yard. Hicks went outside to investigate and observed an unknown subject, later identified as 22-year-old, Seth Flores, beating on his car and yelling. Hicks, who was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, asked Flores what he was doing. Flores, acting in an erratic manner, began making irrational statements at Hicks, including saying that he was “invincible”. Flores began walking towards Hicks, who retreated from his driveway and began backing up in order to avoid a physical altercation. Hicks repeatedly warned Flores to back up and to leave his property. Flores continued to yell at Hicks and followed him until Hicks back was literally backed up against his front door. Flores then grabbed for Hicks’ pistol and lunged towards him. In a statement given by Hicks, he stated that he feared for his safety and for the safety of his family, who was inside at the time of this incident. Hicks then fired his weapon towards Flores. This did not stop Flores as he continued grabbing towards Hicks and his weapon. Hicks then fired multiple shots, fatally shooting Flores on the front porch. Hicks, who has no criminal history, fully cooperated with authorities. Hicks’ version of events was consistent with evidence located at the scene.
As detectives began their investigation, it was determined that approximately ten minutes prior to the shooting, Flores was involved in an altercation at his girlfriend’s residence, two blocks away on Mallard Street. According to Flores’ girlfriend, she believed that Flores had taken an excessive amount of “Triple C” cold medicine, which is known to cause hallucinogenic effects. According to statements given by Flores’ girlfriend, Flores was “acting irate”, and began attacking both she and her mother. When they called 911, Flores fled the residence, which led to the confrontation with Mr. Hicks. It is unknown why Flores choose to go to Hicks’ residence, as they did not know each other.
It is believed that Flores was under the influence of some type of narcotic(s), which would explain his behavior leading up to his death. St. Tammany Parish Coroner, Dr. Charles Preston, conducted the autopsy on Flores late Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Preston’s findings were consistent with Hicks’ version of events. All of the gunshot wounds were on the front-side of Flores’ body, there was stippling which indicated close range gun shots, and the trajectory indicated that Flores was leaning forward towards Hicks when he was shot.
Flores has an extensive criminal history, which includes: theft, burglary, narcotics, simple battery, resisting an officer, and flight from an officer.
At this point in the investigation, no charges are being filed against Hicks. At the conclusion of the investigation, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office will turn their findings over the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review.