The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, in collaboration with the ATF, FBI, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and several other local agencies have been investigating suspicious fires at three churches in St. Landry Parish.
Here’s the timeline of events that unfolded leading up to this moment:
The first chruch fire occurred on March 26th at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, the second at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas on April 2nd, and the third on April 4th at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.
After three consecutive fires happening in the same parish within days, law enforcement officials began to suspect arson as a possible cause. This prompted an investigation to find evidence of foul play in connection to these incidents.
Before long, St. Landry Parish Deputy Roy Matthews surrendered his son, 21 year old Holden Matthews, to authorities on April 10th in connection to the fires.
Law enforcement officials are now preparing to hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. The investigative team will, together, provide additional details in this case at this press conference.
KLFY will be live providing these updates as they are given.