IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge television personality Scott Rogers was shot and killed inside his home in St. Gabriel, La. Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say they believe his son-in-law shot and killed Rogers and then turned the gun on himself, but survived.
The alleged gunman, identified as 36-year-old Mathew Hodgkinson, was rushed to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Hodgkinson was also a producer of
a show Rogers hosted that airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings on WAFB-TV.
"We have detectives at the hospital," says Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi. "Hodgkinson is still alive. He's on a ventilator and he's sedated, but he's still alive at this time."
Deputies were called to the scene on Daisy Avenue at 12:40 p.m.
"We received a call that shots were heard as somebody was entering the residence," the Sheriff said. "On follow up, it was described as a murder-suicide scene and we're investigating it as a homicide until it's determined what we have here."
"It was determined that Scott Rogers was deceased and another male at the residence had received a shot to the head and was in critical condition," said Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi.
Hodgkinson is married to Roger's daughter, Stassi said. The sheriff said the home had been the scene of a "bunch of stress" in the past several weeks and had previously responded to calls at the home.
"It's been topsy-turvy at this residence. We responded to a couple of calls. It's been a high stress environment for this family and looks like it culminated in this," the Sheriff said.
Stassi says an autopsy will be done Thursday. Prosecutor Tony Clayton said the case is under investigation.
"This is an open case," Clayton says. "We'll follow the evidence and there's a lot of it. So there's a lot of work needs to be done. That's what we're here for and we're plan on getting to the bottom line."
The Around Town show aired weekend mornings on WAFB-TV but was produced by another company. Hodgkinson, the show's producer, left a voicemail message for WAFB Tuesday to say that the show was being canceled. "Scott is facing a family catastrophe," he said. "We don't know what's going on or why at this point but I have made the decision to cancel future shows. I hope you can keep us in your prayers as we move forward."