Bossier Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Benton man Monday afternoon for shooting his estranged wife in the stomach during a dispute at their residence around noon.

Detectives charged Taylor Coffey, 25, of the 100 block of Vos Road in Benton (off of Highway 162) with aggravated 2nd degree battery (domestic abuse battery); obstruction of justice; and possession of marijuana.

Coffey

Detectives also charged his neighbor, Brandy Mendoza, 27, with obstruction of justice for hiding Coffey at her nearby residence during a search for him this afternoon.

Bossier patrol deputies were initially dispatched to the scene of a possible accidental shooting at the residence on Vos Road around 12:30 this afternoon.  There, they found a 20-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her abdomen, as well as one small child; her estranged husband, Taylor, had been at the residence, but had fled the scene by the time deputies arrived.  The woman was transported to University Health Shreveport where she remains in stable condition; the child is with family members.

Mendoza

After further contact with the woman’s family members and further investigation, Bossier detectives and crime scene investigators determined that the shooting was not accidental.  Patrol deputies, detectives and K-9 deputies began their exhaustive search for Taylor in the neighborhood of rural homes and wooded area.  Detectives and family members attempted to contact Taylor to get him to turn himself in for questioning, but were unsuccessful.  However, Bossier patrol deputies and detectives continued their relentless search, and just before 4 p.m., Taylor was captured by Bossier deputies; he had been hiding in a neighbor’s (Mendoza) home nearby.  Taylor had also hid the weapon, but deputies were able to recover it.

Bossier detectives are continuing their investigation into the matter.