Sheriff: Gun used in deadly lounge shooting was used in killing of US Marshal

Friends remember US Marshal killed in the line of duty
Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS)
Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells (Source: USMS)
Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jamie Croom (Source: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres says the gun used in a lounge shooting that left a brother and sister dead in February was the same gun used in the shooting that killed Deputy US Marshal Josie Wells.

A task force made up of law enforcement from the Baton Rouge area and the US Marshals Service went to the motel to arrest 31-year-old Jamie Croom and a shootout followed.

Croom 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.

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.

The coroner also reports that Wells died from a gunshot to the neck.

"It is with great sadness and respect we investigate any unexpected or traumatic death. When our investigation involves the death of a law enforcement officer, it is particularly tragic and we extend our thoughts and condolences to Deputy Marshall Well's family, friends and the United States Marshall's Office," stated William "Beau" Clark, East Baton Rouge Coroner.

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