Suspect in Sunset, LA officer shooting, stabbing found unresponsive in jail cell

Suspect in Sunset, LA officer shooting, stabbing found unresponsive in jail cell

SUNSET, LA (WAFB) - According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, the suspect accused of shooting and killing a police officer and fatally stabbing a woman, and inuring three others, was found unresponsive in his jail cell Friday morning.

Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz has confirmed that the inmate was found to be breathing and appeared sound, however he would not respond to verbal inquiry and thus he was transported to OGH for medical evaluation. As of just a few minutes ago, his condition appears well, he is speaking and all of his stats have been checked and conformed as fine. Once cleared by OGH E.R. staff, he will be returned to the SLSO jail.

Officer Henry Nelson, was shot and killed Wednesday evening while responding to a domestic stabbing incident less than a mile from the police department.

Along with veteran police officer Henry Nelson, 41-year-old Shameka Johnson was stabbed to death. Surlay Johnson, 34, was also stabbed and is in critical condition. The suspect's wife, Courtney Jolivette-Riley was also stabbed, as was 66-year-old Jacqueline Johnson. They each received moderate injuries.

The suspect, Harrison Lee Riley, is family to the Johnsons, all cousins, and he was cousin to Officer Henry Nelson as well.

Deputies say after the incident on Anna Street, Riley then took off and crashed a car inside a gas station less than a mile away. People inside the mini-mart immediately fled. However when Riley tried to escape he was trapped by deputies who arrived, causing him to barricade himself inside the office.

Riley was later arrested at the Sunset Mini Mart after a two-hour standoff with police. He is in the St. Landry Parish jail facing two first-degree murder charges among others.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said they believe the suspect was under the influence of drugs, possibly PCP. Shortly after Riley was arrested, the gas station caught fire adding to the chaos.

New charges have been added. He is now charged with two counts of aggravated arson, first degree murder of a police officer, first degree murder for stabbing, five counts of attempted first degree murder for multiple stabbings and hitting a man with a vehicle, obstruction of justice and two counts of aggravated damage to property.

Riley was scheduled to go in front of a judge later today.

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