Police hunt for Louisiana man accused of killing his parents and three others

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Dakota Theriot, the man accused of killing five people is now in custody.

According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, he was caught in Richmond County, Virginia.

Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office thanked all of the other law enforcement agencies who helped make this arrest possible.

Theriot will be transported back to Ascension Parish at a later date to face first-dedgree murder charges as well as other charges.

A motive is still unclear.


A manhunt is underway for a Louisiana man suspected of a killing spree that has left five people dead, including his parents.

Authorities said that Dakota Theriot, 21, is suspected of fatally shooting a woman believed to be his girlfriend and her father and her brother at their home in Livingston Parish, where the suspect had been living for a couple of weeks, before traveling to Ascension Parish where he killed his mother and father.

“We do not have a motive. It is still undetermined,” Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said. He said investigators spoke with the mother of the slain woman believed to be Theriot’s girlfriend, Summer Ernest, 20, and were told that “there was no red flags, there was no sign of anything.”

In Ascension Parish, Theriot’s wounded father gave deputies information before he died that pointed to his son as the suspected shooter, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said.

Webre said at a news conference Saturday afternoon that deputies responded to the Theriot home in Gonzales, about 25 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, at around 8:45 a.m. CST, and found the suspect’s parents, Keith and Elizabeth Theriot, shot.

Dakota Theriot is wanted for two counts first-degree-murder, illegal use of weapons, and home invasion.

At the time, Keith Theriot was still alive and gave information to officers “that his son, Dakota Theriot, is going to be our prime suspect in this case,” Webre said. The parents were airlifted to a hospital in Baton Rouge where they later died.

“This is probably one of the worst domestic violence incidents I’ve seen in quite a while: for a young man to walk into a bedroom and kill his mother and his father” and others in Livingston Parish, Webre said Saturday afternoon..

The Ernests’ neighbor, Charlene Bordelon, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that the family’s two youngest children, both under 8 years old, ran to her home Saturday morning after the shooting asking for help. Those children were not injured, she told the newspaper.

Webre said that the suspect had lived with his parents for a time, but recently they had asked him to move out and not return. The sheriff did not know any background information about the young man’s relationship with his parents.

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