JPSO: Potential drug deal gone wrong leads to double homicide, car crashing into Marrero home

JPSO: Potential drug deal gone wrong leads to double homicide, car crashing into Marrero home
1900 block of Gladstone
1900 block of Gladstone

MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - Two men were killed last night in an apparent drug deal gone wrong after crashing their vehicle into someone's home.

JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said that officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a home at 1941 Gladstone Drive around 8:25 p.m. on Dec. 5. When they arrived they found two men inside the car who had been shot and killed.

Fortunato identified the two victims as 35-year-old Tory Sanders from Marrero and 26-year-old Byron Price from St. Rose. Both died as a result of gunshot wounds.

During a search of the vehicle, investigators found handguns in both victim's hands, one of which had been reported stolen in March 2014. Police say a substantial amount of marijuana in a large plastic bag was tucked under Price's arm. Numerous spent shell casings and projectiles were found inside the vehicle.

Based on evidentiary findings, homicide detectives believe this was a drug deal gone wrong and that both Price and Sanders pulled out handguns and shot each other, according to the JPSO.

Price has a criminal history with arrests for a felon carrying an illegal weapon, illegal use of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, two counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, two counts of disturbing the peace by fighting and numerous traffic charges.

Sanders has a previous an arrest for marijuana.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

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