BATON ROUGE – As the saturday chaos Having moved into mourning, state police focused on two investigations: the violent rampage of the suspect who shot or attempted to shoot at a handful of people, including state soldiers, in three parishes and the troubling case of how a soldier’s corpse was left unattended all day.
LATEST NEWS: State police will hold a press conference on Monday regarding the ambush. Watch the press conference live on WBRZ Ch 2 and WBRZ Plus. Stream the press conference here. The press conference is scheduled for noon.
Master Trooper Adam Gaubert was found dead in his patrol unit in an unassuming parking lot behind a bank at the corner of Airline Highway and Old Jefferson Highway on Saturday night. Gaubert is believed to have been shot hours before he was found – between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday – in a suspect’s violent tirade in Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.
Gaubert, a 19 year veteran of the State Police and a veteran of the United States Army was a soldier who exemplified the agency’s highest priorities “honor, duty, selfless service and courage, ”State Police Col. Lamar Davis said in a night-time news conference live on WBRZ just before midnight.
WBRZ chief investigator Chris Nakamoto learned from sources that Gaubert was shot in a hidden area of the busy Airline Highway within 400 feet. Sources told Nakamoto that after hours without hearing from Gaubert on the radio, another soldier went looking for him. Gaubert was found dead behind Capital One bank at Airline and Old Jefferson. A strong police presence was noted in the parking lot of the bank before 6 p.m. Saturday, more than 12 hours after Gaubert was allegedly assaulted.
When asked by WBRZ about the timeline, Louisiana State Police Col. Davis could not provide details on Saturday night. He said the agency “will fully investigate all aspects of this incident.”
“We are investigating [how Gaubert went unfound for so long]. There are inconsistencies, information that we try to put together [and it’s all] currently under investigation, ”Davis said at a press conference on WBRZ late Saturday night.
Davis said the suspect of the day-long attacks in three parishes and an exhaustive manhunt, Matthieu Miré, ambushes Master Trooper Gaubert in his patrol unit.
Davis did not clarify his insinuation that there had been a breakdown of details about what happened before and after Gaubert’s attack. He added that the agency is still reconstructing the activities of the soldier and those of the suspect, including how Gaubert may have been involved in responding to the initial crime scene in Ascension Parish where Mire is accused of having killed a woman and shot and injured a man.
Gaubert could have been one of the agents who responded to the situation. The state police “are investigating the role of Troop Captain Gaubert in [responding to] the early morning homicide case, ”the state police colonel said.
Gaubert’s death was “senseless and tragic,” Colonel Davis said.
“It’s a tough night, one of the toughest nights of my entire career. It hurts. But we’ll get there, ”Davis added.
Gaubert is one of more than two dozen state police officers killed in the line of duty in 100 years. Visit the memorial’s webpage here.
Mire, the suspect, is linked to the shooting death of Master Trooper Gaubert, the death of a woman in Ascension Parish, the shooting and injuries of a man in Ascension and a double shooting where the victims survived the parish of Livingston. Mire was captured after a day of manhunting near where Hoo Shoo Too Road meets the Amite River and Bayou Manchac along the East Baton Rouge – Ascension Parish line at around 10 a.m. on Saturday night. Earlier on Saturday, Mire was also accused of attempting to shoot another state soldier.