Investigators search for man accused of murdering wife, child

Ronald Green Sr. (Source: EBRSO)
Ronald Green Sr. (Source: EBRSO)
Drivers license photo for Ronald Green Sr.
Drivers license photo for Ronald Green Sr.

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting his estranged wife and their 12-year-old son.

Deputies with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office say Ronald Green Sr., 44, called a woman around 2 a.m. and told her that he killed his wife and son and had planned to jump off the Mississippi River Bridge.

When deputies got to the home of Green's wife and son, they found the front door glass shattered and 40-year-old Dewona Green and 12-year-old Ron Green Jr. were found shot to death in a bedroom.

Green's vehicle was found abandoned and still running on top of the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. John Parish.  St. John Parish deputies and Ascension Parish deputies have been in the river there, searching for Green.  Two helicopters, including one from Livingston Parish, were seen circling the skies around 11 a.m. Thursday morning, as well.

Authorities said there is a strong possibility he may have jumped off the bridge, but the search for him continues as though he is still alive. Deputies are scouring the area where the car was found for any indications of Green's whereabouts.

Green is described as a black male, bald, with a thin mustache. If you have any information on Green's whereabouts, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

Detectives have secured arrest warrants for him for two counts of first-degree murder and violation of a restraining order.

Authorities said the couple had recently separated and deputies were actually called out to the home the previous week for an incident. Following that incident, Bacala said the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit assisted her in getting the restraining order against her husband.

Bacala added Ronald Green Sr. was served the restraining order at the couple's home on April 11 and deputies stayed while he gathered clothes and left. According to reports, deputies warned him he would be arrested if he returned to the home or tried to contact his wife.

Bacala stated reports show Ronald Green Sr. was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish the very next day for violation of protective orders. He added Green was taken to jail and later bonded out. Documents show his bond was set at $2,500.

A candlelight vigil will be held to honor Dewona Green and her son Ron Green Jr. The vigil will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. on Lakeway Cove Ave., off of Hwy 44 in Gonzales.

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