Baton Rouge police: Robbery may be motive in shooting death on Evangeline Street late Tuesday _lowres

Tyrone Dyer

The sister of a man fatally shot late Tuesday night on Evangeline Street said the slaying occurred during a robbery in front of his wife and two of his children.

Tyrone Dyer, 34, was found dead outside his house about 11 p.m. in the 3800 block of Evangeline Street after what detectives believe may have been a robbery attempt, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department news release.

Dyer died from a gunshot wound to the head, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark. Investigators had no suspects as of Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola.

Dyer’s sister Tanya Dyer Gibson said Dyer’s wife, Alecia, told her that two robbers, one of whom was masked, came to the house demanding money. Dyer, his wife and two of Dyer’s biological children with another woman were there at the time, Gibson said. While at gunpoint, Dyer told his wife to fetch about $11,000 hidden in the house, and she handed it to the robbers, after which they shot Dyer twice in the head in the kitchen in front of his wife and children, Gibson said. The robbers then ran away, she said.

Neighbors across the street confirmed they heard two gunshots Tuesday night.

Gibson said her brother had installed cameras outside the Evangeline Street house he and his wife rented, but the cameras mysteriously weren’t working Tuesday night.

“Everywhere he moved, he always put cameras in,” Gibson said. “Something just isn’t right.”

Dyer and his wife had been together for about one year and shared no children, but Dyer had three children by two other women, Gibson said.

“We want justice served,” said D’ana Broadway, mother to the two children staying with Dyer and his wife. “He was a good father.”

Dyer, born in Baton Rouge, was one of five children, including three sisters and brother Michael Dyer, who also was fatally shot 14 years ago in Baton Rouge, Gibson said.

Tyrone Dyer “was a wonderful person, great to be around. He was a very private person, which is why I can’t believe this happened,” Gibson said.

“He was always working,” she said, adding that he held temporary jobs, including doing detail work on cars.

Dyer’s wife declined to comment on the phone through a woman who identified herself as her sister.

Coppola said he could not confirm any of the details the family gave but said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the shooting may contact the agency’s violent crimes unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.