NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer and critically wounding two sheriff's deputies in southern Louisiana is in custody.
Authorities say 48-year- old Wilbert Thibodeaux is also accused of setting a deadly fire at a mobile home near a casino.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons says a Chitimacha tribal officer was pronounced dead at the scene of the shootings in Charenton, while two St. Mary Parish sheriff's deputies were critically wounded and taken to local hospitals.
Hammons says investigators found the burned remains of a man after extinguishing a fire at a mobile home that Thibodeaux is suspecting of setting before the officers confronted him.
Hammons says the officers were responding to a report of an armed man walking down a road near the Cypress Bayou Casino when Thibodeaux allegedly shot them.
The suspect was treated for a gunshot wound that wasn't considered life-threatening, according to Hammons, who says investigators are questioning him.