Coroner reports Jamie Croom, accused of killing US marshal, has died

Coroner reports Jamie Croom, accused of killing US Marshal, has died

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials said the man accused of killing three people, including a US marshal, has died.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office reported Jamie Croom, 31, died early Wednesday morning at a Baton Rouge hospital. Shane Evans, an investigator with the coroner's office, said Croom was pronounced dead 12:40 a.m.

Croom died from severe blood loss due to his multiple gunshot wounds, according to the EBR Coroner.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Croom killed Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells, 27, of Mississippi, during a shootout Tuesday morning at the Elm Grove Motel in the Scotlandville area.

A task force made up of law enforcement from the Baton Rouge area and the US Marshals Service went to the motel to arrest Croom and a shootout followed. He was wanted in connection with the New Roads double homicide that left a brother and sister dead on February 18.

He is accused of shooting Sinica and Lechelle Williams in the parking lot of the Sugar Shack Bar on Mandela Lane in New Roads.

"I was in my room and we heard the gunshots, at least 10 to 12 gunshots," a woman staying at the motel said. "I heard, 'Is anybody hit?' So, I knew it was a police officer then. When we looked out the door, we saw them bringing out the federal marshal. You could tell he was wounded very bad. They put him in the truck and tried to get him to the hospital."

The witness said she saw Wells' fellow officers desperately trying to stop the bleeding. Deputies raced Wells to Lane Regional Medical Center, where he soon died. Croom was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge with multiple gunshot wounds and died Wednesday morning.

Wells had been with the US Marshals Service for four years.

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