SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A call for help in suburban New Orleans has led to an ambush of sheriff’s deputies and a suspect’s suicide, authorities said Tuesday.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it happened shortly after 7:15 p.m. Monday as deputies were sent to a home in Slidell to investigate a domestic violence incident. The sheriff’s office said as deputies spoke to one of the people involved in the home’s driveway, a second person, armed with a gun, came around the side of the house and began firing at the deputies.
The deputies fired back and the suspect retreated to the side of the home. That’s where deputies found him dead, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s patrol cars were damaged by the gunfire, and one of the deputies was hit by flying glass and received minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.