Gunman on the run after killing parents and three others in US

Louisiana shootings leave 5 dead manhunt underway for suspect

A man suspected of killing his parents and three other people - including a girl he was dating - was arrested Sunday when he showed up at his grandmother's house in Virginia, a sheriff there said.

The suspect has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, illegal use of weapons and home invasion, Mr Webre told reporters.

The search for Theriot began Saturday morning after he allegedly killed his parents and three others in Louisiana. The Livingston Parish victims are identified as Billy Ernest, Tanner Ernest, and Summer Ernest.

DeYoung said Theriot doesn't have a vehicle and she's not sure how he ended up at the Ernest home on Saturday, but after the killings, he took off in her brother's truck.

A woman who lived with the Theriots says Dakota had a loving relationship with his mother but argued, sometimes violently, with his father.

The Ernests' neighbor Charlenne Bordelon told The Advocate the two youngest children, both under 8, in the Ernest family ran to her home early Saturday asking for help after the shooting.

Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard said Theriot was in a relationship with Summer Ernest. He was believed to be driving a stolen 2004 Dodge Ram pickup, gray and silver in color.

Authorities in Louisiana say they have arrested a man suspected in the shooting deaths of five people.




Among the victims are the suspect's parents, Elizabeth and Keith Theriot, both 50.

DeYoung said she skipped the birthday party and didn't meet Theriot herself. The victims were identified as Billy Ernest, Tanner Ernest, and Summer Ernest. Webre said detectives have not been able to talk anyone who knows the suspect well.

"The father was gravely injured at the time we found him and has since passed away", Webre said late Saturday.

A suspect in five Louisiana shooting deaths has been arrested in Virginia, said officials on January 27.

The officials added, "Sheriff Webre would like to thank our law enforcement partners at the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers, the Louisiana State Police Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, and other agencies who assisted during this investigation".

It is believed that the shootings in the two parishes are connected and investigators from both jurisdictions are working together.

There were also two young children, ages 7 and 1, in the home at the time of the shooting, he said.

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