BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — A suspect accused of shooting of an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy during a chase Sunday morning was shot and killed after an hours-long manhunt, according to Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.
Deputies found the suspect, Bernard Ledlow, 39, in a wooded area near Kendalwood Road and Hoo Shoo Too Road, near the Amite River, with help from an air search team. The EBRSO maritime response team, a K-9 unit and SWAT crews also helped them spot Ledlow, Gautreaux added.
Livingston and Ascension Parish law enforcement were notified and were believed to also have their maritime units assisting, according to the spokesperson. All homes along the perimeter were ordered to evacuate said the spokesperson, although an exact number of potentially affected households was unknown at the time.
Homeowners in the area said they woke up Sunday morning to gunfire and police raiding through their yards. “When I opened the front door I saw three people out front. three sheriffs they were shooting back behind my house,” A Homeowner in the area said. The homeowner said she walked down the street barefoot in her pajamas to seek shelter during the manhunt. “There was a lot of commotion, A lot of police, helicopters, we knew when it was over when the one helicopter hovered, and hovered, and hovered and then we heard the shots when they finally killed the guy,” The witness said.
An EBRSO spokesperson said the search began after Ledlow failed to pull over during an attempted traffic stop near Airline Highway and Pecue Road just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning.
Authorities said a pursuit ensued and Ledlow reportedly fired out the back window of a Chevrolet Suburban before ultimately crashing the vehicle at the dead end of Kendalwood Road. The sheriff’s spokesperson said more shots were fired as Ledlow exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the wooded area with a rifle.
The deputy received a graze wound to the leg and was taken to the hospital where he has since been discharged, according to the spokesperson.
The spokesperson cited multiple “layers of protection” around the area, included Louisiana State Police, Baton Rouge Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and the St. George Fire Department, in an effort to keep the community safe.