Friends mourn the loss of Pointe Coupee shooting victims

Friends mourn the loss of Pointe Coupee shooting victims

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Investigators are still searching for answers in the double murder-suicide that happened in Pointe Coupee Parish on Tuesday.

According to investigators Carli Jo and her mother Donna Leblanc, a deputy with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed by their neighbor, Gregory Phillips, at their home on Hwy 416. Phillips then took his own life.

Leblanc's younger daughter, 10-year-old Camille, was inside the home and called 911. She was not harmed.

Leblanc was married to a Louisiana State Trooper and, according to West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes, she was the first female patrol deputy he ever hired. He said her death is a huge blow to his department.

"They're just heartbroken. Because of the fact that who would've ever dreamed it, especially losing your life at your house on your day off," Cazes said.

Friends said Leblanc and Carli Jo shared a bond over their love of softball. Carli Jo was a star player at Brusly High School. She graduated two years ago and was severely injured in a car accident.

Carli Jo's old coach said she was recovering from several major brain surgeries and had hopes of taking classes at LSU and returning to the playing field.

"She asked me one day, she just wanted to throw again," said Julie Mayeux, the assistant softball coach at Brusly. "She said, 'You think you can come out there and work with me, just let me pitch and that type of thing you know.' They battled like any mother and daughter, but they loved each other very, very deeply. [She] had a lot of goals ahead of her, unfortunately, that's been taken away from her now."

Investigators with Louisiana State Police and the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office are still trying to figure out what led to the shooting and what Phillips' motivations were. They have spoken to neighbors and processed the scene.


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