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EBRSO: Body found in house fire identified, after man starts shooting

Emergency officials are responding to  the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly...
Emergency officials are responding to the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside a home and started shooting.(WAFB)
Published: Jan. 23, 2022 at 9:00 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2022 at 3:41 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office evacuated some residents who live in the Gardere area Sunday night after a suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside of a home and started shooting.

Emergency officials are responding to  the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly...
Emergency officials are responding to the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside a home and started shooting.(WAFB)

According to EBRSO, deputies received a call of shots fired from 2042 General Taylor Ave. at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23.

When the first EBR deputy arrived on the scene, the man was still firing shots from the home. The deputy’s patrol unit was hit twice by gunfire, but the deputy was not injured.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Casey Hicks said the uniform patrol deputies took cover after hearing these additional shots.

“At some point the suspect came outside of the residence and appeared to throw something under the carport which caused a fire to start,” said Hicks. “The fire then engulfed the entire residence. Other homes in the area were evacuated for safety.”

Emergency officials are responding to  the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly...
Emergency officials are responding to the Gardere Lane area after a suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside a home and started shooting.(WAFB)

As of around 9:40 p.m., the fire department was still working to put out the fire, the spokesperson said.

After St. George Fire Department put the fire out, deputies found a body whom they believed to be that of the shooter inside the home just after 10 p.m. The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office identified the body to be Kendrick Holland, 41, according to EBRSO.

The spokesperson said Holland had an apparent gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, but the coroner’s office will make a final determination on Holland’s cause of death.

According to witnesses, Holland had an altercation with his wife earlier in the evening and allegedly shot at her vehicle as she drove away. EBRSO deputies responded to these initial shots when Holland fired shots at deputies, said Hicks.

Deputies located a body believed to be that of the shooter inside the burned home, according to EBRSO.

No other injuries were reported.

According to reports, the suspected shooter was allegedly alone in the residence, added EBRSO.

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