Raceland, LA - A crime spree stretching across two parishes ends with four people dead. At least three were allegedly killed by the former son-in-law of a Lafourche Parish councilman.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says 38-year-old Ben Freeman killed himself after two shootings in which three people died and three others were injured. The suspect's wife was found dead in her bathtub in the 200 block of Louis Drive in Houma. The sheriff has not confirmed how she died.
Investigators say Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux called 911 Thursday night around 6:40 p.m. after his wife and daughter had been shot. Deputies found his wife, Susan, dead from a gunshot wound.
Phillip Gouaux, and his daughter Andrea, also suffered injuries in the shooting. They were listed in critical condition at the time this story was published. Both were taken to the Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans. Officers say Freeman was married to one of the Gouaux's other daughters, Jeanne.
About 20 minutes after the first shooting, Milton Bourgeois, the administrator at Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Raceland, was shot to death in the 2900 block of LA Highway 308. His wife, Ann, was also shot and injured. She was taken to University hospital where she is in stable condition. Freeman was a former employee of Ochsner St. Anne Hospital.
Late Thursday night, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office found Ben Freeman's current wife, Denise, dead in her bathtub. It is unclear how she died, according to deputies.
Authorities caught up with Ben Freeman around 10:45 p.m. His vehicle was parked along U.S. Highway 90 near Bayou Blue. Investigators say he was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Deputies say Ben Freeman used a shotgun in each of the shootings, including his suicide.
As officers canvassed Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, Ochsner St. Anne Hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and Terrebonne General Medical Center were placed on lockdown. Ben Freeman worked at each of the hospitals over that past few years, according to Sheriff Webre.
The manhunt for Ben Freeman was expansive. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Golden Meadow Police Department, Port Fouchon Harbor Police, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana State Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Lockport Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the investigation.