Police arrest Vidor landlord for murder

Police arrest Vidor landlord for murder

Police have arrested a 68-year-old Vidor man who allegedly shot and killed a tenant renting a home on First Street following a dispute between the two parties, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD). 

According to a news release from VPD Chief Rod Carroll, a patrol unit traveling in the 1300 block of First Street heard a shot fired in his vicinity at about 9:25 p.m. on Jan. 13. The officer exited his patrol car to investigate and moved toward the area from which he believed the shot had come. The officer then saw a man run from a residence on First Street and collapse in the front yard, clutching his chest. The officer immediately called for additional units to respond to his location.

Officers quickly arrived on-scene, secured the area and began to call for the occupants to exit the residence through the front door. An older man, later identified as James Adrian McClelland, 68, of Vidor, appeared in the doorway and exited the residence without incident. During the investigation, it was learned that McClelland was the victim's landlord and resided on the same property. The two men had reportedly engaged in an argument during which McClelland displayed a handgun and fired the weapon, striking 38-year-old Chris Nicolasora. 

Nicolasora was declared deceased on-scene by Acadian Ambulance Service medics.

McClelland was arrested for murder and transported to the Orange County Jail with a $100,000 bond. He has since bonded out and been released from custody pending judicial action.