Man Suspected Of Killing 5 In Louisiana Arrested In Virginia

RICHMOND, VA — The man suspected of killing five people — including his parents and girlfriend — in two Louisiana shootings has been arrested in Virginia following a multi-state manhunt. Dakota Theriot, 21, was arrested early Sunday by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre and Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard told AP in a statement.

He fatally shot his girlfriend, her brother and father in Livingston Parish, authorities said, then drove her father’s truck to Ascension Parish and shot his parents to death. Authorities identified the victims in Livingston Parish as Billy Ernest, 43; Tanner Ernest, 17; and Summer Ernest, 20.

Summer Ernest and Dakota Theriot were dating, Ard said. Theriot had been living with her family for a few weeks. The other two victims were identified as Theriot’s parents: Keith, 50, and Elizabeth Theriot, 50, both of Gonzales.

“The father was gravely injured at the time we found him and has since passed away,” Webre said late Saturday. But before he died, Webre said authorities were able to get a “dying declaration from him, and only enough information to let us know that it was his son that committed this act.”

Photo credit: Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP

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