Destrehan man shot over $20

August 15, 2007 at 11:25 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Destrehan man shot over $20
Photo by Shonna Riggs
Derek Turley, 40, who lives on Meadows Dr. in Destrehan, helped save his neighbor’s life by calling 911 after an arguement over money almost turned deadly.

Two of Turley’s neighbors on Meadows Drive, Orelyn “Terrell” Chopin, 37, and David “Lee” Isaac, 40, got into a verbal argument early on the evening of August 7 over $20.

According to Turley and police reports obtained from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s office, Chopin was stabbed in the chest, and shot in the leg by Isaac.

“David Lee (Isaac) took the gun and pointed it at Terell’s head after he shot him in the leg,” Turley, told the Herald-Guide.

Official reports said Chopin fell to the ground and attempted to crawl away, when Isaac stood over him and pointed the gun at his head.

“I tried to hold David Lee (Isaac) back while Terell (Chopin) begged for his life,” Turley said.

“I told David Lee (Isaac) I was going to call the police and he said ‘I don’t give a f %#@*, call the cops,” he continued.

“Some people may not be happy with me, I heard rumors that they’re calling me a rat, but I had to call the police and tell the truth,” he continued.

Turley was relaxing after work when the two men started arguing in his front yard on Meadows Drive.

Then the arguement quickly turned into a physical fight.

“You know a long time ago, people used to fight with their fists and then it would be over,” Turley said.

“But things are different now,” he continued.

Turley said things began to happen quickly and he couldn’t believe it.

“Terell (Orelyn Choppin) and David Lee (Isaac) had their arguement and then they started to fight, David Lee stabbed, Terrell in the chest with a pocket knife and then Terell hit David Lee (Isaac) over the head with a bottle,” he continued.

Turley said the two men stopped fighting on their own so he figured the whole thing was over.

“David Lee, came back about 10 minutes later with a gun, and shot Terell in the leg,” he said.

“The whole time I was trying to stop him,” he continued.

“The bullet went right past me, and I could’ve been shot too,” he said.

“I picked up the phone and told him I was going to call 911 and I did,” he continued.

“David Lee doesn’t have a job, and I’m not sure if Terrell is working or not, but to lose your life over $20 it’s really not worth it.”

Turley, a plant worker for HB Zachary at Monsanto, said he’s lived in the community for years and is concerned that things are getting worse.

“Right before the shooting took place, during the earlier part of the day an elderly man was robbed,” he said.

“That’s why I called the police because this street didn’t use to be a high crime area, and I don’t want things to change,”

Turley said that Chopin’s parents were grateful that he saved his life.

“Terell’s mom called me and offered to buy me a thank-you gift, but I told her that the family doesn’t owe me anything, I’m just grateful Terell is going to be okay,” he said.

“If something like that ever happened to me, I pray to God that someone would do the same thing and save my life,” he said.

According to police reports, Isaac told police he was just defending himself against Chopin.

Isaac was arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm obliterated.

Isaac’s bond has been set at $200,000 for the attempted second degree murder charge, $25,000 for the illegal possession of a firearm charge, and $25,000 for the possesion of a firearm obliterated.

Chopin was transported to Kenner Regional hospital with a gun shot wound to the leg, and chest wound from a knife.

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