A man who ran from police Tuesday after he wrecked a vehicle near Killian fatally shot a dog and then himself instead of surrendering to law enforcement.
Jonathon Andrew Kelly crashed in a single-vehicle wreck on Bull Run Road at La. 22, according to a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office news release issued Wednesday night.
When Killian police and sheriff’s deputies arrived, Kelly ran and hid in a swamp nearby, the release says. The officers chased Kelly until they heard a single gunshot, after which a dog came running out of the woods and fell dead on La. 22.
Authorities surrounded the area, heard one final gunshot ring out and shortly after found Kelly with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Kelly, who had active arrest warrants from the Sheriff’s Office for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and a traffic bench warrant, was flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the release. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, and an autopsy is scheduled Thursday morning, said Joe Harrell, chief investigator at the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office.
Anita Bush, the dog’s owner, said she had approached Kelly after he crashed on an embankment on her family’s property.
Bush said Kelly was not wearing a shirt or shoes when he got out of the car.
“He was not competent to be behind the wheel,” Bush said, adding that he talked with her for a few moments after the crash. “When the police showed up, he went and hid in the woods.”
Bush said her dog, Lily — whom the her family adopted 3 years ago from the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals when she was a puppy — was drawn to the woods when the police arrived, most likely because the Catahoula-Australian shepherd mix thought the family was going into the trees to hunt.
“She must have walked up on him and scared him.”
Bush said she never heard Lily growl or bark.
Bush said she did not see a gun with Kelly when they spoke.
“We didn’t know he had a gun until he shot my dog,” Kelly said. “I heard when he shot her, and she yelped. I heard when she yelled.”
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was modified on March 2, 2016 to indicate the incident happened closer to Killian than to Springfield.