UPDATE: Bridge jumper believed to be domestic violence shooter

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - UPDATE: (2:36 p.m.)

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard confirms that the man who ended his life by jumping off the Horace Wilkinson bridge Monday night is 43-year-old Ricardo Diaz.  

Diaz is believed to be the gunman in the fatal domestic violence shooting of 31-year-old Lydia Johnston.

Sheriff Ard says, "This was obviously a domestic incident. During our investigation, we learned that Johnston and Diaz were once a couple – not married – but they do have 4 children together."

"We also know that they were estranged and that Diaz was no longer living at the address to which we were dispatched."

It has now been confirmed that just before 9 p.m. on March 12, deputies responded to a shooting that was reported at 27, 317 Gaylord Road in Walker. 

Diaz was noticed escaping the scene, which led officials on a high speed chase that ended on the Mississippi River Bridge.

At the time of the pursuit of Diaz, Johnston was found shot multiple times inside the residence and transported to a hospital where she died Tuesday morning. 

Diaz ultimately stopped traffic and got out of a vehicle on the bridge to jump to his death Monday night.

Sheriff Ard adds, "we had been called to this address before for domestic-type issues. In this particular case, Johnston had a current protective order against Diaz."

"We also know that Diaz had recently – earlier this month – bonded out of jail for violating that protective order. And, I hate to say this but there were children present when this shooting incident took place."

"We can confirm that 7 children were present (ages 4 – 11) and 1 adult male when this act of violence was carried out. None of them were injured. My heart breaks for these children."

"This is something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. All this because of a troubled relationship. It is our understanding that Johnston ended the relationship with Diaz. She had moved on. He apparently didn’t want to accept that reality."

"As for the children, they are in the custody of family. We ask that their privacy be respected as they continue to deal with the trauma of what occurred overnight."


We will be closely monitoring this investigation as the case continues. 


UPDATE: (10:09 a.m.)

Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Lori Steele confirmed, the female victim has died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained during a domestic shooting. 

UPDATE: (7:40 a.m.)

Yancy Guerin, Chief Deputy Coroner for the West Baton Rouge Coroner's Office, confirmed that the man who jumped off the Horace Wilkinson Bridge on Monday night has died.

Guerin said, the man died from injuries he sustained after jumping off the Horace Wilkinson Bridge and landing on the ground below. 


Just before 9 p.m. Monday, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate a domestic shooting off Gaylord Road in Walker. 

A female has been transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Law enforcement then began the pursuit of a vehicle in a high speed chase.

State police confirm an unidentified person jumped off the Horace Wilkinson bridge.

Officials believe the domestic shooting is directly involved in this bridge incident that blocked the right lane on I-10 West.

This investigation is ongoing.

We'll have updates as they become available. 

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