Suspect charged in stabbing incident at Louisiana Tech

Nov 13, 2023 | General News

Thanks to the efficient actions of the Louisiana Tech University Police, the suspect in this morning’s stabbing incident at the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center was apprehended and taken into custody quickly. The Ruston Police Department, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ruston Fire Department, and Pafford EMS assisted in scene control and the provision of care, aid, and transportation to the four victims of the attack.

The suspect, senior Tech student Jacoby Johnson, has been booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and charged with four counts of attempted second-degree murder. The investigation is ongoing.

Louisiana Tech President Les Guice addressed the campus community in his official statement.

“In the wake of this unsettling incident, our hearts go out to those impacted most directly,” Guice said. “Our immediate focus is on those affected by today’s violence. While we’re grateful for the timely care being provided to the victims, we understand the shock and worry that may linger on campus and in the community. The University will continue to make safety a priority. Please know that you can and should be willing to give and receive compassion and support as needed during this time. I encourage you to rely on the bonds of the Tech community as we grieve and heal.”

The University’s Counseling Services are available to students individually and in a group setting at no charge. Appointments can be made by visiting Keeny Hall 310, calling 318.257.2488, or visiting the website at

A special counseling group offering began today at 3 p.m. and will run throughout the week to provide a space to process emotions following the unexpected event. 

Additionally, a community prayer vigil will be hosted by the Black Student Union tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Quad.

A campus blood drive is scheduled for Thursday outside Tolliver Hall between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.