A "suspicious" Sunday night fire destroyed the Zachary residence of Taurus Ike Hamilton, who was accused last week of killing four people in two parishes on Nov. 26, officials said.
The Chaneyville Fire Department initially responded to the fire on Burrell Road, but an investigator from the Baton Rouge Fire Department has since been called out to lead the investigation to determine whether the blaze was an arson, according to department spokesman Curt Monte.
Monte said multiple departments helped control the fire, which destroyed the mobile home where Hamilton lived.
He said no one was home at the time and called the fire suspicious in nature. The investigation remains ongoing and involves the Baton Rouge Fire Department, Chaneyville Fire Department and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Monte said.
The Chaneyville Fire Department said in a Facebook post Monday morning that they responded to the fire at 9:45 p.m. Sunday.
Monte confirmed that crews responded to 23533 Burrell Road, the address listed for Hamilton. A family member said that Hamilton's mother, Belinda Folse, lives in another house on the same property.
Hamilton and Folse were both arrested in Alabama the day after the alleged crime spree, having fled together from local police. They were transported back to Louisiana on Friday.
Hamilton, 36, was booked into East Feliciana Parish jail Friday on three counts of first-degree murder, and later booked on one count of second-degree murder in East Baton Rouge Parish, where he is now being held, according to online Parish Prison records.
Authorities say he shot and killed Chris Price, 22, following an argument at a Zachary gas station around 4:45 p.m. Sunday, then drove about five miles north on Plank Road — into East Feliciana Parish — and killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend and his father: Laquana Whitfield, 30, Gerald "PJ" Tate, 29, and Gerald "Pie" Parker.
Hamilton then left the state with Folse and was ultimately detained in Tuscaloosa.
Folse was booked in East Baton Rouge on one count of accessory to second-degree murder after the fact. She has since been released after posting a $5,000 bail, according to online Parish Prison records.
A family member of Hamilton's and Folse's confirmed Monday the trailer did belong to Hamilton. The man declined to give his name, fearing retribution.
“I just have to be careful,” he said. “Yes, I’m nervous, but I just pray to God things get better.”
He declined to comment or speculate on the events of Nov. 26.
“I love him to death," the man said of Hamilton. "But I don’t know what took place … I don’t know what could have sparked that or how it took place.”
While details remain limited surrounding the argument and fatal shooting outside the Zachary gas station, which preceded the other three slayings in East Feliciana Parish, Hamilton’s arrest warrant reveals that the argument did not directly involve the victim, Chris Price, but did involve another man sitting in the passenger seat of Price’s car.
Witnesses told police that Hamilton and the man started arguing and then physically fighting in the parking lot, according to the warrant. They said Hamilton told the man he was going to kill him. Hamilton then retrieved a gun from inside his car and fired into Price’s car — first one shot into the passenger side door and then two into the driver’s side, striking Price.
After the shooting, Hamilton ran to his own vehicle and left the scene, turning onto Plank Road.
Police arrived on scene and found Price lying on the ground near the driver’s side door with a gunshot wound to the face, according to the affidavit.
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