Police: Victim in deadly Denham Springs incident likely targeted

An investigation is underway after Livingston Parish authorties confirm two deaths after a reported home invasion. (Source: WAFB)
An investigation is underway after Livingston Parish authorties confirm two deaths after a reported home invasion. (Source: WAFB)
Beaux Bailey (right) was one of two men killed on Sunday morning in Denham Springs.
Beaux Bailey (right) was one of two men killed on Sunday morning in Denham Springs.

LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office announced more details on Monday afternoon about the Denham Springs home invasion that left two people dead.

Authorities believed that the Sunday morning incident was not random and that the victim was targeted.

Livingston Parish authorities said deputies were called out at 7 a.m. Sunday to a home in the Reserve at River Ridge at Denham Springs. Deputies were initially responding to a reported home invasion.

Authorities had reported Sunday that there were two deaths involved in the incident.

Investigations revealed that there was a gunfire exchange between two men. The men had died in the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said.

The victim is identified as Beaux Bailey, a father of five. The suspect, who also died in the shooting, was Ted Bourn. According to authorities, Bourn is from Mississippi.

Deputies had to expand their investigation and travel to Lee County, Mississippi, in order to collect more evidence surrounding the case.

The Sheriff's Office said those deputies are on their way back to Livingston Parish and will need to process that evidence.

Authorities are still working to determine why the victim was targeted.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason released the following statement Sunday afternoon:

This case is taking some interesting turns and we are continuing to simply follow the evidence. I ask for your patience as we do what you rely on us to do - investigate & solve crimes in our parish," he said. "To do that, I must allow our detectives time and I must protect the integrity of this and every LPSO case. I am going to wait until all the facts are in before I share what happened at that home in the 9000 block of Ridgeway Avenue this morning.

Neighbor Fay Morrison said she's shocked. "I had no idea anything like that would take place in a neighborhood like this," Morrison said. "I say it could happen anywhere, and so I don't feel that unsafe."

"Based on what I know so far, I do not believe those living in the area have anything to fear," Sheriff Ard said.

According to court documents, Bailey was in the midst of a custody battle with his ex-wife, who reportedly wanted to relocate their children to north Mississippi. After Bailey appealed, a judge denied the ex-wife's request to move the children. Those court documents can be found here.

The investigation is ongoing.

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