A community in southeastern Louisiana is reeling after a night of shocking violence. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’’s Office has reported that a 26-year-old man has killed himself after a standoff with police. The man in question is reported as being Tommie Diamond, a native of the small town of Kentwood. Furthermore, Diamond reportedly shot himself inside a residence in the town, which is in the northeastern part of the parish, after hours of negotiation with law enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office was attempting to arrest Diamond for the alleged murder of 18-year-old Calvin Felton, aka Highway Youngin.
Diamond reportedly shot and killed Felton at a residence in the village of Tangipahoa on May 28. Additionally, Chief Jimmy Travis told reporters that Diamond had been located by a family member at the Kentwood residence at around 11:30pm on June 1. Law enforcement converged on the scene and began to negotiate with Diamond. However, negotiations proved unsuccessful and Diamond died via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities in Louisiana report that Diamond was out on bond for a second-degree murder charge. Diamond was one of seven men charged in the Roseland Trail Ride shooting of August 2020. According to law enforcement, the men fired into the crowd at a birthday party, hitting a number of the 100 or more assembled party-goers. Furthermore, a 21-year-old woman from Baton Rogue was killed during the incident.
Additionally, aside from Diamond, one of the other men charged with the shooting was Javoris Scott, aka JayDaYoungan. Scott was known as an up-and-coming rapper in the area. His best-known track is “23 Island”, which went two times platinum and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Bubbling Under 100. Furthermore, or his role in the 2020 shooting, Scott was charged with accessory to second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for his role in the incident. However, Scott was shot and killed in July 2022. It is unclear when the remaining defendants will face trial for their charges. This is a developing story and we’ll have any updates here on HotNewHipHop.