A home intruder and his victim both died in a shootout Sunday at a home in Denham Springs that was "intentionally targeted," Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said Monday.
"We do not believe this was a random home invasion, based on the evidence we have now obtained," Sheriff Jason Ard said in a statement. "We believe the suspect intentionally targeted the victim."
Deputies responded Sunday around 7 a.m. to the 9,000 block of Ridgeway Avenue off 4H Club Road in reference to a home invasion, Ard said.
Ard said victim and suspect each suffered bullet wounds during an exchange of gunfire.
The shooting victim is identified as Beaux A. Bailey, 36, of Denham Springs. The suspect is Ted L. Bourn, 37, of Tupelo, Mississippi.
Ard said detectives are still working to figure out why Bailey was targeted.
"In this case, the victim is helping us to solve his own murder by leading us to this suspect and to this trail of evidence which we are continuing to follow," Ard said. The sheriff did not elaborate further.
The investigation has taken investigators from Livingston Parish to Bourn's hometown in Lee County, Mississippi, Ard said. Detectives have worked with the Lee County Sheriff's Office to collect evidence from Mississippi, including electronic devices, he said.
Ard said more arrests are possible.
"This is shaping up to be a long and drawn out investigation," Ard said.
Two people died after a home invasion early Sunday morning in the Denham Springs area, but details on what happened remained scarce throughout…
The home at the center of the investigation in Livingston Parish is in a new subdivision a few miles south of Interstate 12 — a sprawling brick house set back from the road with white columns in front and with large windows. An apparent bullet hole was visible Sunday in a glass door toward the back of the home.
Residents of another development across the street were shocked to hear what happened and worried about what this could mean for the otherwise safe and quiet area. Families and retirees have moved there because of its suburban character — neighborhoods filled with new construction and manicured lawns.
One woman said Sunday she didn't hear gunshots but did hear a woman's voice screaming around 9 a.m. She said authorities had arrived a little before 7 a.m. and later towed a white pickup truck away from the scene.
Advocate staff writer Lea Skene contributed to this report.