Police: Man shoots estranged wife and self during officer involved shooting in Calcasieu Parish

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The following was released by  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office:

Lake Charles, LA – This morning at approximately 8:15 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call saying Cody A. McAdams, 38, 403 Conn St., Kirbyville, TX, was breaking into a house on Highway 1133 in Carlyss.  Several minutes later CPSO received another call from a homeowner on Hwy. 27S who lived behind the house on Vincent Settlement Rd. saying he witnessed a man and woman trespassing on his property.

The investigation revealed the man and woman were husband and wife but were estranged.  The burglary call was due to Cody McAdams breaking into Brandi’s parent’s house where she and her daughter were living.  It is believed he attempted to kidnap the two with a gun and they were in the pasture behind her parents’ house when the homeowner called to report the trespassers.

Several deputies from the initial burglary call responded to the trespassing call and witnessed the man and woman walking through a pasture with a child, later identified as Cody McAdams and Brandi L. McAdams, 33, Carlyss.  When deputies arrived, Cody McAdams shot Brandi McAdams and shot at a deputy’s unit striking it three times.  At that time, a deputy in another unit returned fire and simultaneously McAdams shot himself in the head.  The coroner has determined that he died as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot to the head.  He also determined the graze wound on his right arm was most likely fired from the deputy’s weapon but was non-lethal.

Brandi McAdams was pronounced dead at the scene and Cody McAdams was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The child was also transported to a local hospital to be checked for injuries but was determined to be unharmed.

CPSO has investigated several cases of domestic violence perpetrated on Brandi McAdams by her estranged husband in the last several months.  She reported one incident as late as last night.

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.

Original Story:

SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of a man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with a sheriff’s deputy and a woman whose body also was found near the shooting scene in Calcasieu Parish.

Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson says investigators were trying to determine if the man shot and killed himself or was fatally wounded by a sheriff’s deputy after he opened fire on deputies Thursday morning in the western Louisiana parish’s Carlyss community. Anderson said none of the deputies were injured.

Anderson referred questions about the woman’s death to the sheriff’s office. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC-TV (http://bit.ly/1rChbdp ) that the dead gunman is suspected of killing the woman.

Anderson said deputies were responding to a burglary call when they encountered the man who shot at them.The Calcasieu Parish School Board issued the following statement about the incident:

“The Calcasieu Parish School Board was notified by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office of a pending incident near Vincent Settlement Elementary. Once notified, the School Board followed established protocol and the school was placed under an exterior lockdown. Using standard procedure all parents were notified of the situation through the phone messaging system.  The lockdown remained in place until we were notified by law enforcement that the situation had been resolved. Parents were again notified that the lockdown had been lifted. Students at the school were secure during the entire event. Law enforcement has maintained a strong presence in the area for the entire day.”

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