Louisiana State Police Tuesday night identified a fugitive who jumped from the Veterans Memorial Bridge in St. James Parish into the Mississippi River as a suspect in three homicides in Jefferson Parish.
Authorities were continuing to look for Kylan Laurent, 22, of Vacherie, since he stopped his car near the top of the northbound lane of the bridge shortly after 1 p.m. and jumped over the rail, troopers said in a news release.
His jump from the bridge linking Gramercy on the east bank of St. James Parish and Wallace on the west bank of St. John the Baptist Parish terminated a high-speed pursuit by Louisiana State Police that injured one trooper, said Trooper Russell Graham, State Police Troop A spokesman.
The bridge deck is approximately 165 feet above the surface of the river, said Lauren Lee, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation and Development.
Personnel with State Police, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Port of South Louisiana searched for Laurent Tuesday. Authorities plan to continue until Laurent is found, troopers said.
Petty Officer Casey Ranel, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard in New Orleans, said the Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday.
Graham said the East Baton Rouge Violent Crimes Unit, a multi-agency unit in Baton Rouge, also determined that Laurent is a suspect in several cases in Baton Rouge, including one in which he is wanted on charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment.