Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Adam Gaubert fatally shot in Prairieville
Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Adam Gaubert was fatally shot in Prairieville, Col. Lamar Davis announced late Oct. 9.
Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of the department, was ambushed while in his patrol unit, Davis said.
"It's definitely a tough night," Davis said. "I'm not going to lie to you. This is one of the toughest night's of my entire career. It hurts, but we will get through it."
Matthew Reese Mire, 31, was announced as a suspect in the shooting. Mire was taken into custody without incident shortly before 10 p.m. Oct. 9, according to Davis.
"At this time, we ask that you please respect Trooper Gaubert's family's privacy as they mourn this senseless and tragic death," Davis said.
Preliminary information indicates that Gaubert was shot and killed in the area where an early morning homicide occurred.
"Gaubert embodied everything we stand for; honor, duty, selfless service, and courage. In the days ahead, we will mourn his tragic death and honor his service to our department and the citizens of Louisiana," Davis said.
Gaubert was honored by the St. Theresa of Avila Knights of Columbus Council 2657 in 2008 as outstanding State Trooper working in Ascension Parish.
During the news conference, Davis said the incident will be fully investigated.
"Please keep our troopers and Trooper Gaubert’s family in your prayers," he said.
Davis also expressed gratitude to all of the agencies providing assistance throughout the day.
Late in the evening, a heavy law enforcement presence was visible in the area of Dutton Road, which is at the intersection of Hwy. 73 and U.S. Hwy. 61 in northern Ascension Parish. The area is near the Capital One bank branch in Prairieville.
Additionally, a law enforcement presence was seen at the intersection of Jefferson Hwy. and Hoo Shoo Too Road in East Baton Rouge, just north of the Prairieville area of Ascension Parish.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said the suspect was in a gunfight with a trooper in the Hoo Shoo Too Road area.
"He tried to kill that trooper there," Webre said during the conference.
According to Webre, a manhunt in the Hoo Shoo Too Road area involved multiple law enforcement agencies.
Webre said Mire was taken into custody and booked in East Baton Rouge Parish.
"We wanted to make sure our surrounding areas and parishes know that he was taken into custody, so they don't have to worry about him tonight. We're glad we got him into custody tonight, so the manhunt is complete. The investigation is just beginning," Webre said.
Law enforcement officials do not know the motive for the crimes, the sheriff added.
"I remind people there is still evil in this world. There are still people out there who will do evil things, and you still need this line of defense to bring to justice people who do evil in our community," Webre said.
According to the sheriff, the suspect wrecked the vehicle he was driving and ran into the woods.
"You don't get them to come out. You go in there and get them," Webre said in answering how the suspect was taken into custody. "He didn't come out. He ran all day long."
Webre also commended the community and the media for playing an active role in getting out information.
It was previously unknown if the incident was related to the shooting in the area earlier in the day.
Multiple law enforcement agencies searched throughout the day for Mire, who was the suspect in the earlier shootings that occurred in Ascension Parish, Livingston Parish, and East Baton Rouge Parish.
An earlier shooting involved another Louisiana State Police trooper who was attempting to conduct a traffic stop in the Hoo Shoo Too Road area.
The trooper in that incident has not been identified.
The following day, Oct. 10, Gov. John Bel Edwards paid tribute to the fallen officer with a statement posted to social media.
“Master Trooper Adam Gaubert dedicated his long career with the Louisiana State Police to protecting the people of our state and it is with a heavy heart that I mourn his death from injuries sustained in the line of duty on Saturday,” Edwards stated. “He served selflessly and courageously to keep our people and our communities safe, and he represents the best of all us.”
The governor also stated he was thankful for Louisiana State Police and all law enforcement agencies that worked together to capture the suspect.