3 dead in Livingston Parish homicide investigation

3 dead in Livingston Parish homicide investigation
Detectives are investigating a homicide in the Walker area after three people were reported dead Saturday morning. (Source: WAFB)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports three people have been found dead near Walker and a homicide investigation is underway. The shooting suspect, 21-year-old Dakota Theriot was arrested Sunday morning in Richmond County, Virginia.

The investigation is connected to a deadly shooting in Gonzales, where the parents of the shooting suspect were found shot and killed Saturday morning.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded around 9 a.m. to Courtney Road between Arnold Road and N. Corbin Road in Livingston Parish.

Police have identified the victims as Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20.

Theriot was taken to Northern Neck Regional Jail and is being held without bond, pending a court appearance. He will be transported back to Ascension Parish at a later date and booked on two counts of first-degree murder, home invasion, and illegal use of weapons. He also faces three counts of first-degree murder and theft of a motor vehicle in connection to the homicide in Livingston Parish.

Charlenne Bordelon, who lives near the Ernest home, told The Advocate newspaper that Summer Ernest was dating the suspect. She says the suspect had recently moved in to the Ernest home.

The same neighbor told WAFB reporter Carmen Farrish that two small children were inside the Ernest home when the murders unfolded and were not harmed. Bordelon says the two children ran to her home for help. The oldest of the children, a girl believes is around seven years old, told her about the killings. Bordelon said she called 911 and then tried to comfort the children.

The investigation is ongoing.

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