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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Man arrested in 3 Metairie homicides following SWAT roll

The scene of a double homicide in Metairie.The scene of a double homicide in Metairie Tuesday (June 18).SWAT activity near the scene of a double . homicide in Metairie Tuesday (June 18).

A man was arrested Tuesday night (June 18), within 24 hours of a pair of Metairie shootings that left three people dead, including a man killed late Monday and two men fatally shot Tuesday afternoon.

The man, whose name was not released, surrendered peacefully just minutes after SWAT officers were called, said JPSO spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said the agency plans to release the man’s name, along with further details on his arrest in the three homicides, during a news conference set for noon Wednesday.

The fatal shootings occurred less than 24 hours and one mile apart along West Metairie Avenue, according to the JPSO.

“We’ve had a violent day in Jefferson Parish,” Lopinto said during a news conference at the scene of Tuesday afternoon’s double homicide.

A 26-year-old man, who has not been identified, was fatally shot about 11:14 p.m. Monday at the intersection of West Metairie and Henry Landry avenues. Deputies responding to calls of gunfire found the victim conscious. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Tuesday, deputies were dispatched about 4:19 p.m. to a shooting near the intersection of West Metairie Avenue and North Upland Street. There, officers found two men fatally shot inside of a Cadillac SUV.

Both victims were pronounced dead on the scene, Lopinto said in an emailed statement. Neither victim has been publicly identified.

At the scene, two bodies were visible inside of the SUV, which was stopped in the eastbound lanes of a school zone, both its driver’s-side and passenger-side windows shattered by the gunfire.

The eastbound lanes of West Metairie Avenue were shut down and dozens of neighbors gathered to watch as investigators, including an ATF dog, examined the scene.

A distraught woman was comforted by a JPSO chaplain and then led away. As the woman sobbed on a front lawn, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office prepared to remove one of the victims’ bodies from the driver’s seat of the SUV.

Tuesday evening, JPSO SWAT members, along with tactical vehicles, gathered in the area of Trefny Avenue in Metairie, where the homicide suspect surrendered quickly and without incident, Rivarde said.

Anyone with information on the double killing is asked to call the JPSO Homicide Section at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Staff Photographer Michael DeMocker contributed to this report.


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