The search for a man wanted in connection with a shooting near Merryville, just across the river in Louisiana, has ended after he was discovered in a motel room in Kirbyville, and took his own life as officers were outside.
Kirbyville Police Chief Paul Brister said the series of events reportedly began around 4:00 on Saturday morning when two people were shot, one killed, at a home in a rural area between Merryville and the Sabine River in Beauregard Parish.
Brister said that shortly after the incident occurred, officers with the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Department sent out a message asking all officers on both sides of the State Line to be on the lookout for a pickup truck that was thought to be used to in the crime.
Brister said that shortly after 9:00 one of the officers from his department spotted the vehicle parked in front of a room at the Gateway Motel, which is located on Highway 96.
According to Brister, he and others converged on the motel and a short time later made access to the room, where they found the suspect in bed suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.
The suspect was taken by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.
KPLC News in Lake Charles has identified the man who died here in Jasper County as David Griffin and the two victims of the shooting as Denise Dyson, Griffin's sister who is also deceased, and Billy Hanks, who is reportedly still undergoing treatment.
The shooting reportedly occurred at a home located on Humble Road, which is located between Highway 389 and the Sabine River, south of Merryville.
Jasper County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Smith has called for an autopsy in connection with the death of Griffin here in Jasper County and at last word officers in Beauregard Parish were still investigating the incident. However, so far there has been no word as to what might have sparked the shooting.
UPDATE: Chief Brister said Monday that upon learning that Griffin was in a room at the motel, officers actually called the room and talked to the suspect, asking him to surrender, when they heard a gun fire.
Brister said that upon hearing the gunshot, officers entered the room where they found Griffin suffering from the wound to the chest.