POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. — A sheriff’s deputy in Lousiana was killed in a double murder-suicide in Tuesday, according to WAFB.
Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said Deputy Donna Leblanc of West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and her 21-year-old daughter, Carli Jo, were killed in the shooting. Officials identified the suspected shooter as Gregory Phillips, an estranged neighbor who lived across the street.
Donna Leblac had been with the sheriff’s office for 22 years.
“She was a veteran officer,” Torres told WAFB. “She was one of the first female deputies to work in West Baton Rouge Parish on the road. She was, in my opinion, an outstanding officer and a great human being.”
Authorities said Phillips approached Leblanc at her carport and “shortly thereafter a gunfight erupted,” according to Torres.
“Ms. Leblanc was able to get three rounds off of her pistol and there were multiple rounds shot by Mr. Phillips,” Torres stated.
The sheriff added Phillips eventually shot and killed Leblanc before turning to shoot her daughter, who was standing on the porch. According to Torres, Phillips then shot and killed himself.
Investigators said Leblanc’s 9-year-old daughter was inside the home at the time and was able to call for help.
Torres said there had been “some difficulty between the neighbors,” but deputies do not have a motive for the shooting at this time.