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Louisiana shooting suspect arrested

ANI | Updated: Jan 28, 2019 09:22 IST

Louisiana [USA], Jan 28 (ANI): Authorities on Sunday (local time) arrested Dakota Theriot, the 21-year-old accused of shooting five people in Louisiana, from Richmond County, Virginia.
A joint statement from the Ascension Parish sheriff's office and the Livingston Parish sheriff's office confirmed that Dakota had been on the run for a night after he emerged as the prime suspect behind the killings of his parents, girlfriend, her father and brother in two separate shootings on Saturday, CNN reported.
He was arrested from a relative's home, Richmond County Sheriff Stephan B. Smith stated.
"He seemed a little tired, a little worn," Smith added.
The relatives were returning home at around 8 am after staying the night at a motel, Smith said, adding that they were with a Richmond County Sheriff's Office escort. Coincidentally, Dakota arrived at the house while deputies were present there.
Saturday's shootings took place in Livingstone and Ascension, south of the state capital Baton Rouge.
Dakota's parents Elizabeth and Keith, both 50 years old, were at their house in Gonzalez Town, Ascension when they were killed. Keith was still alive when authorities reached the house, who confirmed it was his son who shot them.
Dakota's girlfriend, Summer Earnest, and her family members were found dead in a house in the neighbouring Livingston Parish. She was found dead along with her father, 43-year-old Billy Earnest, and brother, 17-year-old Tanner Earnest, authorities confirmed.
Dakota had been dating Summer and was living at her house for several weeks before he was asked to leave and never return, authorities say.
Authorities believe that a "boyfriend-girlfriend type of dispute" was the reason behind the shootings.  
Dakota will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons and home invasion. (ANI)

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