Manhunt underway for Dakota Theriot of Gonzales, Louisiana

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
21-year-old Dakota Theriot

At 1:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 26 the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Department issued the following report to local media outlets:

"Two confirmed dead in Saturday morning shooting:

"Sheriff Bobby Webre has confirmed that both victims in the Saturday morning shooting on Churchpoint Road in Gonzales are now both deceased.

"The deceased have been identified as 50-year-old Elizabeth Theriot and her husband, 50-year-old Keith Theriot.

"Detectives are now searching for 21-year-old Dakota Theriot who is wanted for two counts first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, and home invasion.

"This case is still under investigation and more information may be available later."

By 6 p.m. national news outlet CNN has reported "A manhunt is underway in Louisiana following a string of shootings that left the suspect's parents and 3 others dead."

Theriot is also suspected of killing Billy Ernest, 43, Summer Ernest, 20, and 17-year-old Tanner Ernest, who were found dead this morning in Livingston Parish.

From an NBC story, Webre added that Theriot is believed to be driving a gray/silver 2004 Dodge 4-door pickup truck, which they think he stole from the Ernest family. Also, he may be traveling east towards Mississippi.

WAFB reports the license plate reads C583809.

More to come on this unfolding tragedy.