Beauregard Parish Sheriff Mark Hereford said late Thursday that he believes the discovery of two bodies near DeRidder was a case of murder-suicide.

The investigation began shortly before 9:00 on Wednesday morning, when the bodies of a man and his son were found at their home on Ward Line Road, just west of DeRidder.

Hereford said he and his deputies soon determined that the father, Steven Wilson, 59 and his son, Kyle Wilson, 27, had both died from gunshot wounds.

Hereford said evidence at the scene indicated that the father shot his son and then turned the gun on himself. However, Hereford said there was no way to determine whether the shot fired by the father was intentional or accidental.

Hereford, said , "What we do know as of right now is that two men are deceased and our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family."