There are plenty of people on the list with the Department of Children and Family Services who owe back child support, but a man from Eunice may have one of the more interesting stories connected to something like this based on allegations from Eunice Police.

Police Chief Randy Fontenot says 26-year-old Michael Rung was arrested in connection with his own shooting.

His friend, 27-year-old Jacob L. Jack was arrested for the shooting incident.

Fontenot says that Rung owed $798 to for back child support, and he was suppose to go to the court the morning he was allegedly held up.

Photo courtesy of Eunice Police

The story goes that Rung was held up by someone who took his wallet and $800, and he was shot during the commission of the "crime".

Chief Fontenot says Jack and Rung concocted the whole story because could Rung could have been sent to jail if he didn't pay up on the back child support; now they have both been arrested.

Here is what the Chief says Rung initially told investigators:

claimed that he had left his home at about midnight to check a house he had been working on to make sure he had secured the doors. Upon returning home at about 1:00 A.M. he was approached by a male who came from the back of the residence. He initially thought it was a friend of his, Jacob, but realized it was not Jacob. The male demanded everything he had on him. Rung told the suspect he did not have anything on him.The suspect then raised a gun, patted down the victim, found and took his wallet. After taking the wallet, the suspect made the comment, “You gonna lie to me?” The suspect then shot Rung in the chest. According to Rung’s initial statement, he had $800.00 in cash in the wallet. Rung was to appear in court later that morning and owed $798.00 in back due child support payments and faced the possibility of jail time. The investigation revealed that Jacob L. Jack and Michael Rung (Victim) had arranged the robbery/shooting so that Rung would not need to appear in court with the money in the morning.

Rung is now facing these charges:

  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Inciting a Felony
  • Principal to Aggravated Battery
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Filing False Public Record and Perjury

Jack is facing charges of:

  • Criminal Conspiracy
  • Inciting a Felony
  • Princial to Aggravated Battery
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Filing False Public Records
  • Perjury
  • Illegal Carrying a Firearm by a Convicted Felon