CRIME

2 Killed, Including Police Officer, In Louisiana Domestic Dispute

Two people are dead after the suspect unleashed violence on the town of Sunset.

Two people were killed, including a police officer, and two others injured in an apparent domestic dispute near a Louisiana convenience store on Wednesday night.

Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson, the sister of a local mayor, died in the attack carried out by suspect Harrison Lee Riley Jr., Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said. Shameka was one of three people stabbed, while the 52-year-old officer was shot as he responded to the incident.

 

Surlay Johnson and Courtney Jolivette, the suspect's wife, were both stabbed in the attack at a home, and were taken to local hospitals. Shameka and Surlay Johnson are the sisters of Grand Coteau Mayor Shaterral Johnson.

Officials characterized the motive as a possible domestic dispute. 

Riley is believed to have stabbed the three people, including the woman who died. Officer Nelson died of bullet wounds he received while responding to the attack at the house, which is about 70 miles west of Baton Rouge. The suspect fled by car to a convenience store. He drove through the front door and barricaded himself inside.

Harrison Lee Riley Jr., the suspect in the Sunset attack on Wednesday.
Harrison Lee Riley Jr., the suspect in the Sunset attack on Wednesday.

Police used tear gas and negotiators to force Riley out. "He was not coming out. He was ready to fight," Guidroz said. The suspect was eventually taken into custody, and evaluated at a local hospital. Police said he had an extensive criminal history.

Guidroz said there weren't any hostages taken as earlier reports suggested, and that three people inside were able to escape. 

A witness took a photo of the aftermath and posted it to Instagram, saying the incident was like "a movie." The photo shows a car smashed through the side of the store and a body on the ground. It's unclear who the person in the photo is, and his or her condition is unknown. 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued the following statement on the attack: "Supriya and I are heartbroken to learn of another deadly assault on one of our public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson and the other victims as they endure this senseless tragedy."

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