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Trooper found dead where authorities searched for gunman wanted for crime spree

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Posted at 9:33 PM, Oct 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-09 23:59:32-04

A Louisiana State Policeman was found dead in Ascension Parish Saturday evening, according to WBRZ.

WBRZ says public officials began sharing the state police badge covered with a black ribbon late Saturday, a symbol to honor and pay tribute to fallen law enforcement officer.

They say the trooper was found shot at the corner of Old Jefferson and Airline Highway Saturday around 6 p.m. where a massive law enforcement presence was noticed.

The trooper was found dead near where police searched for a suspect, Matthew Mire, tied to shootings in multiple parishes, including a gunfight with a state trooper in East Baton Rouge early Saturday morning.

A man hunt began after crime scenes across three parishes unfolded where four were shot and one was fatal. A state police unit was shot at when police attempted to stop Mire around 5 A.M. Saturday morning. Near Tiger Bend in Baton Rouge, police and Mire exchanged gunfire.

Mire then turned onto Hoo Shoo Too Road, according to The Advocate. He drove for about 5 miles before ditching the truck in the side yard of a house, near where the road dead-ends by the Amite River.

From there, he fled on foot into a wooded area.

Officers spent the first half of the day stationed along Hoo Shoo Too Road, a stretch of rural area where the stolen truck was abandoned. Several law enforcement agencies joined manhunt, including with helicopters and search dogs.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said early Saturday, "We are doing everything in our power to bring this to a close and bring justice to the families involved," said.

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