An officer who was shot and one of three stabbing victims died Wednesday in Sunset, Louisiana.
According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, three women were allegedly stabbed by a man who later shot a Sunset police officer. The sheriff said the incident started off as a possible domestic issue and quickly turned into “hell in a hand basket.”
Two sisters of Grand Coteau Interim Mayor Shaterral Johnson were stabbed while trying to stop 35-year-old Harrison Lee Riley Jr., of Arnaudville, from stabbing his wife, Courtney Jolivette. Despite earlier miscommunication, one of the sisters, 40-year-old Shameka Johnson, and Officer Henry Nelson both died on the scene.
51-year-old Nelson was responding to the scene of a stabbing on Anna Street when he was shot by Riley with his own gun. According to the sheriff, Riley had taken the gun from Nelson during a confrontation.
The other sister, 34-year-old Surlay Johnson, is in critical condition at Lafayette General. Jolivette is listed in stable condition.
The suspect was taken into custody around 6:25 p.m. after he barricaded himself inside an office in a mini-mart on Hwy 93 during a standoff took place for less than two hours.
“We had to go in with tools. We had to go in with tear gas, c-gas. We had to go in with hammers and firemen’s axes to try to get to the door and breach the door,” said Guidroz. The sheriff also said a negotiator was on scene to try to persuade the alleged gunman into coming out peacefully.
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