Manhunt for Matthew Mire, across three parishes in Louisiana, ended Saturday when he was arrested suffering an alleged, self-inflicted gunshot injury to the leg
Mire, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, home invasion, and illegal possession of stolen property up to $25,000 in Ascension Parish
He also faces charges of aggravated flight from an officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, and first-degree murder of a police officer in Ascension Parish
Similarly Mire faces aggravated flight from an officer and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer charges in East Baton Rouge Parish
He is alleged to have killed his half-sister and left her partner critically injured, before killing a Louisiana state trooper during a chance encounter, on Saturday morning
The suspect’s crime spree spanned Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes
He shot up homes were in Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish – Mire shot two victims in each home, wounding four people
The shooter’s half-sister, Pamela Adair, 37, was shot in the home in Ascension Parish and died in the emergency room
Adair’s partner Joseph Schexnayder, 42, was also shot and is critically-ill in hospital, police said.
Incidentally Schexnayder is Mire’s cousin, but was dating the shooter’s half-sister
19-year veteran State Trooper Adam Gaubert was shot and killed by the suspect when the trooper tried to stop him after spotting Mire driving a truck he’d stolen from the second home where he’d shot the occupants
Mire killed the trooper hours after he murdered his half-sister and shot the three other people
Police found and arrested Mire after an all-day manhunt
The motive behind the killings remain unclear as police continue investigating the incident
However, his family reportedly said Mire was ‘messed up’ after the overdose of his girlfriend a couple months earlier
A veteran Louisiana state trooper was shot dead on Saturday, hours after the camouflaged-clad man is said to have murdered his own half-sister and critically-wounded her boyfriend.
The alleged shooter Matthew Mire was arrested after the all-day manhunt Saturday.
Mire reportedly, shot five people, killing two, and stole a car to embark on the rampage.
Law enforcement agencies across several parishes worked with Louisiana State Troopers in a manhunt that began Saturday morning to find Mire, who is accused of breaking into two homes and opening fire on the residents.
The 31-year-old allegedly shot his half sister Pamela Adair, 37, ambushed and shot State Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year veteran of the force who was described in a tribute as a husband and father – killing both.
Adair’s partner Joseph Schexnayder, 42, was also shot and is critically-ill in hospital. The Advocate reported that Schexnayder is Mire’s cousin.
Mire’s crime spree spanned Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parish. He shot up homes were in Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish. Mire shot two victims in each home, wounding four people, police reports said.
The shooter’s cousin, Pamela Adair, was shot in the home in Ascension Parish and died after she was brought to a hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Mire also opened fire at LSP trooper Gaubert trying who was trying to pull him over in East Baton Rouge Parish when he was seen in the truck he stole after the Livingston Parish home invasion Saturday.
Trooper Gaubert died near the scene of the second home invasion, in Prairieville.
Mire, who also goes by the name Schexnayder, was considered to be ‘armed and dangerous’ by state officials and was seen wearing camo gear during the killing spree.
No motive for his alleged crime spree has been given, with cops saying they are mystified by the bloodbath.
“We don’t know why this guy shot five people and tried to shoot a sixth,” Sheriff Bobby Webre said during a Saturday evening press conference.
But Mire’s family reported that he was ‘messed up’ after his girlfriend Maddy had fatally overdosed earlier this year, and had yet to recover from that tragedy.
The shooting spree began at around midnight on Saturday where the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office were called to a trailer park near LA 444 in French Settlement after two victims were allegedly shot by Mire.
Mire burst into the front door of the mobile home and began firing shots at the man and woman who lived there. The pair, who have not been named, had gone to investigate the noises they heard near their home when they were injured, according to police.
The man was shot in the arm and the female was shot in the arm and the leg.
They were transported to the hospital by emergency services and are expected to recover from their injuries.
Mire then allegedly stole a blue 2013 Chevrolet Silverado before fleeing to another parish.
The vehicle belonged to Livingston local Tasha Ryan’s son. The Livingston resident called police when she noticed the vehicle was missing hours, however it was taken hours before she noticed and called the police.
‘So, I woke up to my son calling me at about 7:15 to tell me that he noticed his truck had been stolen,’ Ryan told WAFB.
‘He was at a residence in French Settlement overnight. He woke up to bring the dogs out for a walk around 7 in the morning and noticed that his truck was missing.’
‘Just to know that someone is capable of doing such things was feet away from the front door of my house that my son was staying in.
‘Just very thankful that he found spare keys that were in the truck and he took the truck and left.’
Mire is said to have had taken the stolen vehicle to Prairieville to the home of his cousin Joseph Schexnayder and wife Pamela Adair.
The couple was allegedly shot by Mire in their home where Schexnayder was found in the kitchen and Adler was found on the floor of the bedroom.
Schexnayder’s father Kevin, who lives near the couple, said that he thought his nephew Matthew had previously attempted to get into his home as he heard banging on his apartment around the time the shooting happened.
‘It sounded like someone was throwing rocks on the tin roof, but those were gunshots,’ Schexnayder said.
He said he discovered the bodies of his son and daughter-in-law after he allegedly saw Mire speed off out of his driveway.
His son was said to have been ‘shot in the head or the neck’ and ‘his elbow was blown out.
He added that Adair was found with gunshot wounds to the chest, stomach and arm.
Schexnayder was said to be found in critical condition, but Adair had died after succumbing to her injuries.
A Louisiana State Police then attempted to conduct a traffic stop with Mire’s vehicle at around 5am in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Mire then exchanged gunfire with the officer as he attempted to shoot him before fleeing down Hoo Shoo Too Road.
The alleged shooter then ambushed veteran state trooper Adam Gaubert, who was sitting in his vehicle, where he was shot and killed by Mire.
It is unclear what prompted the shooter to target Trooper Gaubert.
‘We would like to share our deepest condolences with Trooper Adam Gaubert’s family and with the Louisiana State Police,’ the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook.
‘Today we lost not only a fellow law enforcement officer, but a father, a husband, and a friend.’
A search team was then formed to find Mire and a public warning was issued by state officers.
Mire was later found and arrested with charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, home invasion and illegal possession of stolen things up to $25,000.
Louisiana State Police said the suspect is under “constant” watch at a medical facility. According to LSP, Mire was taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained from a K-9 bite and suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg.
Upon release from the medical facility he faces charges, including aggravated flight from an officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, and first-degree murder of a police officer in Ascension Parish.
Mire also faces aggravated flight from an officer and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer charges in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The motive behind these killings remain unclear as officers continue to investigate the shootings. His priors include an arrest on a domestic abuse charge in 2017 for allegedly threatening to beat a family member.