A suspect wants to a Louisiana shooting spree that stretched across many parishes and included death a state trooper was arrested Saturday night after a full day hunt in the woods, according to reports.
At least one other person – believed to be the suspect’s sister – was killed while alone, New Orleans ’FOX 8 reported.
At least three other people were injured, one of them critical, reports said.
The slain trooper was identified as Adam Gaubert, a 19 -year veteran, according to The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge. Gaubert was found inside his patrol vehicle in Prairieville, about 18 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, hours after the “ambush,” Col. Lamar Davis, supervisor of Louisiana State Police, told reporters Saturday night.
“Preliminary information indicates that Trooper Gaubert was shot and killed in the area where an early -morning homicide occurred,” Davis said. “… Gaubert’s trooper reflects everything we stand for – honor, duty, unselfish service and courage.”
Gaubert is believed to have been shot around 5 p.m. Saturday along state Highway 42 in Ascension Parish, FOX 44 reported in Baton Rouge.
“We would like to share our deep condolences with the family of Trooper Adam Gaubert and the Louisiana State Police,” the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook. “Now we have lost not only our fellow law enforcement officers, but a father, husband, and friend.”
Other law enforcement officers found the troop’s body as they chased the suspect, who was identified as Matthew Mire, 31.
Louisiana state troops exchanged gunfire with Mire after the troop was shot but was able to get Mire away, FOX 44 reported.
State police issued a public safety alert for East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes, warning that Mire was considered armed and dangerous, said the report.
Prior to Gaubert’s shooting, around midnight Saturday, state police were called to a mobile home park in Livingston, where they found a man and a woman with gunshot wounds. Both are expected to recover, authorities told FOX 8.
Mire believes a blue pickup truck was stolen in Livingston to flee the scene, authorities added.
Around 3 a.m. Saturday, representatives responded to the hunt in Prairieville, where they found another man and woman shot. The woman later died from her wounds while the man was in critical condition, FOX 8 reported.
The slain woman, 37, identified as Pamela Adair, is believed to be Mire’s sister, authorities told FOX 8.
Prior to Mire’s arrest, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said he was wanted on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, home invasion and illegal possession. of stolen items worth $ 25,000, the station. reported
There was no motive for the hunt that was immediately clear, authorities said.