Authorities take into custody suspect in Ascension, Livingston and Baton Rouge shootings
Authorities announced late Oct. 9 the arrest of 31-year-old Matthew Reese Mire following a daylong manhunt.
During an news conference just before midnight, Louisiana State Police Col. Lamar Davis reported the death of Master Trooper Adam Gaubert.
Gaubert, a 19-year veteran, was killed in the line of duty in an ambush, according to Davis.
Mire is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Gaubert as well as a spree of shootings in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge parishes.
Davis answered questions regarding the ongoing investigation alongside Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre.
Mire was considered armed and dangerous, according to a release from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Louisiana State Police and local law enforcement officials began searching for the suspect in the area of Hoo Shoo Too Road at Tiger Bend Road in East Baton Rouge Parish, which is just north of Ascension Parish.
Citizens were advised to avoid the area and report suspicious activity immediately to 911.
Livingston Parish shooting
On Oct. 9 just after midnight, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a mobile home park located in the 17000 stretch of Hwy. 444 in Livingston.
"Deputies located two victims - a male and a female - with gunshot wounds," Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard stated in a release. "The male was struck in the arm. The female suffered injuries to her arm and leg. They were both transported for treatment. They are both expected to recover. The pair tells detectives that they heard a noise outside of their home. They then witnessed someone barging in through their front door and firing shots. We do not believe this to be a random shooting. It’s believed Mire was familiar with the victims."
Through the investigation, Mire was named a person of interest in the case. Authorities believe Mire stole a vehicle from Livingston to flee to a neighboring parish.
The vehicle was a blue 2013 Chevrolet Silverado truck.
"Working with our law enforcement partners, it appears Mire is also responsible for crimes in Ascension Parish," Ard added.
Ascension Parish fatal shooting
On Oct. 9, at about 3 a.m., deputies responded to a shooting at a home on Dutton Road in Prairieville.
Dutton Road is located off the intersection of U.S. 61 and Hwy 73 in the northern Ascension Parish area.
When deputies entered the home, they found a male and female victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a hospital in Baton Rouge with life threatening injuries.
Pamela Adair, 37, succumbed to her injuries while at the hospital.
Authorities said 42-year-old Joseph Shexnayder remained hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.
Through further investigation, deputies learned the shooter involved in this incident was also connected to the early morning shooting incident in Livingston Parish.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office both worked closely together to find the person of interest in the shootings.
"We are doing everything in our power to bring this to a close and bring justice to the families involved," Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre stated.
Gunshots exchanged with Louisiana State Police in Baton Rouge shooting
After those two incidents, it is believed Mire encountered Louisiana State Police.
The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 5 a.m., a Louisiana State Police Trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet Silverado on Hwy. 42 east of Hwy. 73 (Jefferson Hwy.) in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Authorities said the driver refused to stop and shot at the trooper. The trooper returned fire and the pursuit continued on Hwy. 73 to Hoo Shoo Too Road, where gunfire was exchanged.
The suspect fled the scene on Hoo Shoo Too Road at the Tiger Bend Bridge.