Release Date: 08/29/2006

On Aug. 26, 2006, agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited Austin B. Patureau, 17, of Baton Rouge, for criminal damage to state property after he allegedly vandalized the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) shooting range. 

Agents were called to investigate reported vandalism on the pistol range at Sherburne WMA located in Pointe Coupee Parish.  Evidence suggested that a shotgun was used to cause severe structural damage to the range.  It was determined that the damage had been done on Aug. 22 in the evening.  Significant evidence at the scene led to Patureau.

LDWF provides recreational shooting opportunities to the public at a minimal cost through several shooting ranges located across the state.  These ranges provide a safe environment for those who wish to sharpen their shooting skills or just enjoy the sport of recreational target shooting.  It is through the public's cooperation that these ranges are managed and anyone witnessing acts of vandalism or unsafe conduct are encouraged to contact the nearest LDWF office.

Criminal damage to state property carries a fine of up to $1,000, or imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to two years or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Brad Garon and Cliff Ortis.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at or 225-765-2469.