BATON ROUGE (La. — A man who allegedly killed a state trooper in the Baton Rouge area on Saturday was released from a hospital and escorted to a jail Tuesday in handcuffs that belonged to the officer he’s accused of murdering.
The Louisiana State Police released a photoMatthew Mire being escorted by two other troopers from a hospital into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. The department said that the handcuffs shown in the photograph are symbolic for all of its officers.
Police believe Mire threatened to shoot two people Saturday night in Livingston Parish. He also allegedly stole an ’86 Chevy Silverado.
About 30 minutes later, police say surveillance cameras showed Master Trooper Adam Gaubert backed into a location, where it’s believed he was finishing a crash report. Computer analysis indicated that the trooper had made his last entry to the database at 2:21 AM.
Police say Mire was captured on camera entering Gaubert’s road at 2:30 AM with his headlights off.
“That’s where we believe that he ambushed Master Trooper Adam Gaubert while he was seated in his unit. We also believe that Mire came to the Dutton Road location in order to stage for the shooting that he is suspected of committing at a nearby residence in Ascension Parish,” said Col. Lamar A. Davis, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police.
Mire is accused of killing and critically wounding one person in a house before fleeing the Silverado.
Mire was allegedly approached by another trooper just after 5 a.m. on LA 42 west. Mire then allegedly started firing at the trooper, before driving off at an accelerated speed. A police pursuit began.
Police say Mire and a trooper exchanged gunfire during the chase. Mire then fled into a large wooded area nearby.
Multiple agencies joined forces to search for the suspect. Police said that he was arrested shortly after 10:10 p.m. The suspect reportedly had a K-9 bite as well as a self-inflicted gunshot injury to his leg. He was taken into custody and received medical attention.
Police report that East Batton Rouge Parrish authorities obtained warrants for an arrest for aggravated escape from an officer and attempted murder of a police officers. Ascension Parish was also searched for warrants for aggravated escape from an officer, attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assassination of a police officers.
The sheriff’s offices in the respective parishes are investigating the incidents.
As for Gaubert, police say his body wasn’t discovered until a coworker came upon it at about 5 p.m. that day, several hours after he was apparently ambushed.
“The time between the murder of Master Trooper Adam Gaubert and the time he was found is absolutely unacceptable. The chaos that ensued from this situation only made it worse. However, the safety our troopers, our officers, and our personnel is paramount,” said Davis.