A Gonzales man apparently took his own life with a stolen gun while Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies were looking for him and a teenager in a rash of burglaries in Ascension and Livingston parishes, authorities said.
The incident took place after investigators went to a home Wednesday night on Wallace Acres Road in search of Cain Miller, 19, who was wanted by Livingston authorities in multiple vehicle burglaries in which weapons, money and electronics were stolen, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in a news release.
Miller, who did not live at the home, was also a suspect in a number of vehicle burglaries in Ascension Parish.
When investigators arrived at the home, the homeowner said he had no idea Miller was there, Wiley said. Investigators immediately found evidence indicating someone had recently climbed through the bedroom window.
The investigators then learned that a 15-year-old St. Amant runaway was with Miller in the bedroom. Ascension juvenile investigators had been searching for the 15-year-old for the past week, Wiley said, after authorities had tagged the boy as a suspect in the Ascension burglary investigation. Also, Livingston Parish investigators were obtaining an arrest affidavit on the 15-year-old in their vehicle burglaries, Wiley said.
As authorities entered the home, a single gunshot was heard in the bedroom several feet from them, Wiley said. The investigators were forced to get out of the house in order to bring the homeowner’s family to safety.
Miller and the 15-year-old were asked via a public address system to surrender but failed to comply after several hours of negotiation, the sheriff said. During the negotiations, investigators received information that the gunshot was Miller apparently taking his own life.
About 3 a.m., the 15-year-old surrendered, told authorities Miller had shot himself and was transported to the Assumption Youth Detention Center. He will be transported to Livingston Parish to face counts in that jurisdiction within the next few days, Wiley said.
Miller’s body was in the bedroom closet, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wiley said.
The weapon Miller used had been previously reported stolen from a vehicle in Ascension Parish, the sheriff said.
The 15-year-old and Miller both had a number of prior arrests, Wiley said.