Woman found shot to death in Empire, suspect later arrested

Woman found shot to death in Empire, suspect later arrested
49-year-old John Littleton (Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office)

EMPIRE, LA (WVUE) - A woman was found shot to death inside of a residence in the town of Empire early Sunday morning, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the shooting happened just after midnight.

According to investigators, deputies responded to a shooting at a residence in the 33000 block of Highway 11 in Empire. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a woman with a gunshot wound to her abdomen. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting may have been domestic.

Deputies later apprehended 49-year-old John Littleton in connection with the shooting. He was in possession of a firearm when he was taken into custody.

"Due to the rapid response by deputies, we were able to create a perimeter around the area which allowed investigators to quickly put together the pieces of this crime," says Sheriff Gerald "Jerry" Turlich. "This led to the apprehension of the suspect of a homicide who fled the scene of the crime."

Littleton has been booked with second-degree murder.

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