EBRSO releases names of suspect, deceased victim in Baton Rouge crime spree


BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the suspect in a Sunday morning crime spree in Baton Rouge, as well as the name of his grandmother, whom he is accused of stabbing to death.

Aaron Morgan, 28, will be charged in the slaying of his grandmother, 78-year-old Dianne Gafford, upon his release from the hospital.

Image courtesy of East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (Aaron Morgan)

Authorities shot the armed suspect Sunday morning, ending Morgan’s rampage through parts of Baton Rouge.

The violence began around 9 a.m. when Morgan allegedly stabbed his grandmother to death and stabbed his mother at residence off of Perkins Road. His mother was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover, according to EBRSO.

Morgan then allegedly fled in his grandmother’s vehicle to Highland Marketplace, where he shot three people while trying to steal their vehicles. Staff at a nearby Ochsner Urgent Care rendered aid to the shooting victims, who are all in stable condition.

Morgan allegedly fled once again after finally stealing a vehicle from the parking lot. Deputies pursued him, and when they tried to stop the vehicle, Morgan exited the vehicle at the corner of Jefferson and Bluebonnet and fled on foot.

Deputies fired shots at Morgan after he reportedly pointed a gun at them. He is in police custody with non-life threatening injuries, according to EBRSO.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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