UPDATE: Suspect who barricaded self in Lake Charles motel found deceased


Louisiana State Police

UPDATE, 4:49 p.m.: According to Lt. Jeff Keenum, spokesman for the Lake Charles Police Department, police were assigned to a motel in the 1000 block of North Lakeshore Drive in reference to shots being fired at approximately 5:16 a.m. Wednesday.

Keenum says upon arrival, officers discovered shots had been fired from a motel room in the direction of I-10, and out of an abundance of caution and for safety reasons, traffic was diverted from I-10 towards I-210.

Officers discovered a barricaded subject that was the result of the call to the police department, and department negotiators and the SWAT team were activated, according to Keenum.

Keenum says after not having any success in making contact with the barricaded subject, the SWAT team made entry into the room where the shots were fired from.

SWAT team members discovered a deceased person within the motel room, according to Keenum.

UPDATE, 11:34 a.m.: I-10 has reopened after being closed for four hours.

ORIGINAL POST: LAKE CHARLES, La. (KLFY) — KPLC-TV and Louisiana State Police are reporting that authorities have shut down the I-10 bridge in Lake Charles due to a barricaded suspect in a nearby motel.

Troop D Public Information Officer Derek Senegal says shots were fired at the motel earlier this morning. The suspect then barricaded themselves inside a room.

As a result, officials shut down I-10 westbound through Lake Charles. The situation has created major traffic backups across the city.

This is a developing story and we will have more information as it becomes available.

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