About 4:30 a.m. Monday, suspects broke into a Grand Coteau home where Keaven Breaux lived with his wife and two children.
Police say it was an attempted armed robbery and the family didn't know the intruders who entered the mobile home at 527 Bellemin St., which is a quiet rural road.
What happened next is unclear, but Breaux, 29, was shot and died from his injuries, according to Grand Coteau Police Chief Wilton Guidry.
Breaux's wife and two children were not physically injured in the shooting, according to Guidry.
"The emotion of what the children are feeling and what they’ll be feeling for the rest of their life and what his wife is going to go through for the rest of her life," Guidry said, allowing his voice to trail off before adding, "I won’t sleep until I catch them."
Police have released few details, but three or four suspects — only identified as one woman and two to three men — are being sought for first-degree murder, according to Guidry.
They fled the scene in two vehicles: a 2017 gray Dodge Charger with dark tinted windows and a 2017 black Buick Regal. One vehicle was spotted in Opelousas Monday morning, Guidry said.
The police chief said the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous.
He would not speculate on a motive for the alleged armed robbery.
The Sunset Police Department and St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting the Grand Coteau Police Department with the investigation.
Anyone with information on the break-in or the suspects involved is asked to contact the Grand Coteau Police Department.