Three St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies fired a total of 17 rounds at the suspect in a domestic-hostage situation Saturday when he emerged from the trailer home where he had been holding an ex-girlfriend and pointed his weapon at them, Sheriff Randy Smith said Tuesday.
Eddy Longoria, 55, was hit in the chest and fatally wounded.
The three deputies had been sent to 37227 Holifield Lane in Hickory shortly before 10 p.m., when a neighbor called to say a man had forced his way into the home and was shooting a gun and holding a woman hostage.
Deputies heard a shot from inside the trailer when they arrived. Longoria came out of the residence with a handgun, and deputies ordered him to drop it, Smith said.
When he instead pointed the weapon at them, they fired, and Longoria quickly went back inside, the sheriff said.
When deputies entered the trailer, they found him lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Deputies helped the hostage out and EMS personnel began treating Longoria, but he died from his injuries.
Witnesses told detectives that Longoria had held both his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at gunpoint inside the home and that he had fired at the boyfriend when the latter managed to escape.
Each of the deputies, Christopher Graham, Eric Restel and Matthew Nelson, fired his own weapon, Smith said. All three have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.
Smith said evidence shows that Longoria planned to harm both the woman and her current boyfriend.
Deputies had earlier responded to an apparent suicide-threat call involving Longoria at the same address in August, Smith said.
Over the weekend, the Sheriff’s Office described Longoria as a resident of Dallas. However, records show that he was registered to vote in St. Tammany Parish at the Holifield Lane address.
"These are situations that show how dangerous this line of work is," Smith. "We're very fortunate that none of our officers were injured while doing their job."
Ballistic results on the guns fired at the scene are pending. All projectiles have been recovered.