Investigation continues into shooting spree that left 2 dead, including trooper
PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police said it is working closely with several area, state, and federal agencies to investigate a multi-parish deadly shooting spree that resulted in two deaths, including a state trooper.
Troopers added three other victims suffered critical injuries.
They said Matthew Mire, 31, was taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, after a daylong manhunt by numerous law enforcement agencies. They added Mire was taken into custody without incident and then taken to a hospital for injuries he sustained from a K-9 bite and suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg. There is no mugshot for the suspect because law enforcement has not taken his photo since he has not yet been booked into prison.
According to LSP, the investigation so far shows Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of LSP, was ambushed by Mire as he sat in his fully marked patrol unit. Investigators said the ambush occurred not far from the shooting on Dutton Road that happened overnight into the early morning hours of Saturday. The other person believed to have been killed by Mire was identified as Pamela Adair.
Troopers explained Mire is a person of interest in multiple shootings in several parishes. They said after the shootings, Mire was involved in a chase where he fired a weapon at the pursuing state trooper. They added the trooper exchanged gunfire with Mire during the incident and was not injured.
Officials said the search for Mire was a combined effort by Louisiana State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, US Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms, Louisiana Department of Corrections, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. They added the agencies worked together to search the area near Hoo Shoo Too Road at the Tiger Bend Bridge.
LSP said Mire will face the following charges in Ascension Parish: first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, and aggravated flight from an officer. Officials said he will also face the following charges in East Baton Rouge Parish: attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and aggravated flight from an officer.
Troopers said they are maintaining constant watch over Mire at the medical facility and he will be booked on the warrant charges upon release.
According to investigators, LSP Bureau of Investigations and LSP Crime Lab processed several crime scenes in Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes related to the shootings involving the troopers.
Officials said Gaubert had served with LSP since 2002 performing patrol duties at Troop A in Baton Rouge and serving as a detective in the LSP Criminal Investigations Division throughout his career. They added he was also a veteran of the US Army. LSP emphasized it will mourn his loss and honor his legacy of service to the department and the citizens of Louisiana.
Arrangements for Gaubert are not finalized but he will be afforded full honors earned with a line of duty death. Further information on services will be announced when available.
Louisiana State Police said it has received inquiries about donations to Gaubert’s family.
How you can donate:
- Visit https://latroopers.org/about-lsta/louisiana-troopers-charities or https://www.paypal.me/LSTALTC
- Check: Made payable to Louisiana Troopers Charities with Gaubert Family in the memo line and sent to our office at 8120 Jefferson Highway Baton Rouge, LA 70809.- Phone: Contact us at 225.928.2000 for personal assistance or to facilitate a credit card donation.
Louisiana State Police posted the following message on its Facebook page Saturday, Oct. 9:
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement Sunday morning offering condolences for the trooper’s death:
- LSP mourns death of Master Trooper Adam Gaubert
- La. shooting spree suspect under ‘constant’ watch at medical facility
- How long was La. trooper injured before being found? LSP investigating
- Suspect wanted in deadly crime spree across several parishes taken into custody
- LPSO investigating double shooting in connection with multi-parish crime spree
The investigation is ongoing.
Tributes have been pouring in for the fallen trooper.
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