Town Of Sunset Rocked By Fatal Officer-Shooting, Stabbings—Suspect In Custody
A suspected shooter is alive and in custody after standoff with police that followed the stabbing of two victims and the shooting of a Sunset police officer that left two dead and others injured.
According to St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, the officer was shot after responding to a domestic disturbance on Anna Street that left two women stabbed. All three victims were reportedly transferred to the hospital.
After shooting the officer, the suspect then drove to a mini-mart a few blocks away, crashing his car into the store. According to authorities, everyone was able to safely flee the store.
One Instagram user posted a photo describing what she was witnessing as a "scene straight out of a movie."
The suspected shooter then barricaded himself into the store as officers surrounded the building shot tear gas into the store. After about an hour the suspect was taken into custody. He will be brought to a Lafayette hospital for evaluation then booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
Police report that the suspect has a known criminal history.
Sheriff Guidroz says the suspect will be charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted-first degree murder of a police officer, depending on the condition of the veteran officer.
Acadian Ambulance is reporting two people dead and two injured following the shooting incident in Sunset.
According to Opelousas mayor Reggie Tatum, the two women who were stabbed were sisters of Grand Coteau Interim Mayor Shaterral Johnson. One sister, 34-year-old Surlay Johnson, is in critical condition, while the other, 40-year-old Shameka Johnson, has died.
UPDATE: Sources with knowledge of the investigation say the officer killed in the shooting earlier today in Sunset was Henry Nelson. Nelson is a 12-year veteran of the Sunset Police Department and ran for chief last year.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr. of Arnaudville.
The fatal incident reportedly started as a family argument. Several victims are related to suspect.
Wiley is said to be the cousin of Grand Coteau Mayor, Shaterral Johnson, who is also a St. Landry Deputy. Other injured victims have been identified as Courtney Jolivette, the suspect's girlfriend who is in surgery at an area hospital.
Sources also say the mayor's 66-year-old mother was stabbed and is recovering at a relative's home.