A Louisiana State trooper was killed during service Saturday and the man suspected of ambushing him is in custody.
Trooper champion Adam Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed in an area where a killing took place early in the morning, according to police.
Gaubert was found inside his patrol vehicle in Prairieville, about 30 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, hours after he was “in ambush,” Colonel Lamar Davis, superintendent of Louisiana State Police, told reporters Saturday night.
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The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Matthew Mire, was remanded in custody shortly before 10pm after a lengthy hunt in wooded areas.
Mire was wanted in a Louisiana shooting that spanned several parishes and included the death of Trooper Gaubert.
At least one other person – believed to be the suspect’s half-sister – was killed during the rally, FOX 8 reported in New Orleans.
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At least three other people were injured, one of them critically, reports say.
Prior to Mire’s arrest, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said he was wanted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon, domestic invasion and illegal possession of stolen items worth up to $ 25,000. station reported.
No motive for the shootings was immediately clear, authorities said.
“Trooper Gaubert embodied everything we stand for; honor, duty, selfless service and courage. In the days to come, we will mourn his tragic death and honor his service to our ward and the citizens of Louisiana,” it said in a statement on the agency’s Facebook page reads. “At this time, we ask you to respect the privacy of the Trooper Gaubert family.”
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Louisiana State Police is asking you to keep their troopers and Trooper Gaubert’s family in your prayers.