The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office reports that at approximately 3:00 AM this morning (December 9, 2023), WPSO received two urgent calls. The first call was in reference to a previously occurred illegal use of a firearm, and the second was a report of an ongoing residential burglary approximately two miles east of the first incident’s location. Both complainants provided descriptions of the same vehicle, a silver Ford F250.
During the residential burglary call, the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area. Law enforcement units, including Lieutenant Harris, were promptly informed. Lt. Harris attempted a traffic stop on the highway, but the suspect vehicle fled, initiating a high-speed pursuit on Highway 10.
The chase extended into Tangipahoa Parish, engaging multiple law enforcement agencies, including Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop L. Kentwood Police Department later identified the vehicle as matching the description of a vehicle reported stolen in their jurisdiction.
Louisiana State Police (LSP) successfully deployed spike strips at the intersection of Highway 10 and E. Russell Town Road, yet the pursuit continued northbound on Highway 51. The pursuit eventually came to an end in Tangipahoa when the suspects abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspects evaded capture and were last seen fleeing from deputies. The investigation, vehicle recovery, and search for the suspects were turned over to Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Kentwood Police Department.
As the situation unfolds, deputies have returned to the residences of the initial complainants for further investigation. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available from the units on scene.