A small Gonzales neighborhood stood in shock throughout the day Thursday, as police barricaded a section of Neal Street leading to a house at 1719 S. LeBlanc St.,  where a gunman held up Tuesday afternoon after police said he shot and killed his estranged wife before apparently taking his own life.


A small Gonzales neighborhood stood in shock throughout the day Thursday, as police barricaded a section of Neal Street leading to a house at 1719 S. LeBlanc St.,  where a gunman held up Tuesday afternoon after police said he shot and killed his estranged wife before apparently taking his own life.

Consuelo Dickerson, 32, was found dead at the scene from injuries sustained by gunshot, according to law enforcement officials at the scene.

Police, as well as a relatve as the scene, identified the gunman as Dickerson’s estranged husband, Bobby Dickerson.

June Mackie, an aunt of Consuelo Dickerson, told The Weekly Citizen that the couple had been separated for the past three months.

According to authorities, Consuelo Dickerson went to the house, which was reported to be up for sale, around noon Thursday to pick up some of her belongings in a U-Haul moving truck. She was accompanied by her brother, Orlando Johnson, in another vehicle.

“He (Bobby Dickerson) was waiting for her,”?Sheriff Jeff Wiley said.

Wiley said that Consuela Dickerson was allegedly shot once while in the moving truck, and then again as she tried to escape on foot. She fell in a neighbor’s yard, where she later died.

Johnson managed to escape the scene without injury, Wiley said.

After hours of silence at the scene, a short burst of weapons fire could be heard at around 6:33 p.m. Authorities confirmed the use of tear gas, which lasted approximately four minutes. No other weapons were fired in the incident.

Gonzales Police Chief Bill Landry said that authorities turned the gas off in the home before firing the tear gas into the building.

“He had securely barricaded the place,”?Landry said. “He planned to be there for a while.”

Wiley said that one of his officers reported hearing “what sounded like a muted gunshot”?from inside the home during the firing of the tear gas. They suspect that was the time where Dickerson took his life.

Gonzales Police received a call at around noon that that shots had been fired in the area, Landry said. Police blocked off the adjoining Neal Street from all traffic shortly after arriving on the scene, leaving both residents and other onlookers to gather outside the barricade while negotiations took place.

At around 7:20 p.m., police began letting residents back into the neighboring homes.
The Gonzales Police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was on the scene throughout the afternoon. A Louisiana State Police SWAT team truck drove into the barricaded area at one point, but left a short time later.

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