October 11, 2021 – In Breaking News – The New York Times
A Louisiana man was arrested over the weekend in a series of shootings that left two people dead, including a state trooper whose death was not discovered for more than 12 hours after he was shot, the authorities said.
Master Trooper Adam Gaubert of the Louisiana State Police was found dead in his police car around 5 p.m. Saturday in Ascension Parish, the State Police said at a news briefing on Monday.
(The Louisiana State Police announced during a press conference that the suspect, Matthew Mire, is in custody. Courtesy of BRProud News – NBC Local 33 / Fox44 and Youtube. Posted on Oct 10, 2021.)
They said that Matthew Reese Mire, 31, had ambushed Trooper Gaubert, 47, sometime around 2:30 a.m., after the trooper had parked his car to fill out some paperwork.
“Losing a co-worker like Adam puts a hole in your heart,” Col. Lamar A. Davis, the superintendent of the State Police, said at the briefing.
He said that it was “absolutely unacceptable” that it took so long for the police to discover that Trooper Gaubert, a 19-year agency veteran, had been fatally shot.
Colonel Davis said that the delay in discovering the killing had prompted the State Police to consider procedural changes, including “expanded GPS coverage, dormant activity alerts and redundant personnel tracking by supervisors.”
“We are learning from this experience,” he said.
(Louisiana State Police’s Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis said the time between the murder of Master Trooper Adam Gaubert and the time he was found was “absolutely unacceptable.” Courtesy of BRProud News – NBC Local 33 / Fox44 and YouTube. Posted on Oct 11, 2021.)
Trooper Gaubert’s death, the police said, came in the middle of Mr. Mire’s shooting spree.
First, around midnight, he shot two people in a mobile home park in Livingston Parish, the police said.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said it believed Mr. Mire “was familiar with” the victims, who were expected to recover from their injuries.
Then, the State Police said, Mr. Mire stole a Chevrolet Silverado and ambushed Trooper Gaubert in Ascension Parish.
It was unclear what time Trooper Gaubert was shot, the police said, but they noted that Mr. Mire was captured on surveillance footage around 2:30 a.m. as he drove toward the area where the trooper was parked.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, both blood and blue. Thank you for your bravery and commitment to serving the citizens of Louisiana. You will not be forgotten.
Donations for the family of LSP Master Trooper Adam Gaubert can be made through the Louisiana Troopers Charities, which can be contacted at latroopers.org/about-lsta/louisiana-troopers-charities.
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