LAFAYETTE, La. — A Sunset woman was stabbed to death Wednesday and a police officer responding to the stabbing was shot and killed in an incident that began at an Anne Street home and ended with the arrest of a suspect identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr., 35, who was living in Arnaudville.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said three people were stabbed at 121 Anne St. in Sunset around 3 p.m. Wednesday. One of them, Shameka Johnson, 40, of Sunset, died from the injuries, according to Guidroz.
She is the sister of Shaterral Johnson, the interim mayor of Grand Coteau. Another sister of the mayor, Surlay Johnson, 34, also was stabbed and was in critical condition Wednesday night at Lafayette General Medical Center, Guidroz said.
Guidroz said Sunset Police Officer Henry Nelson, 52, was shot and killed when he responded to the incident.
Nelson ran for Sunset police chief in 2014.
The suspect’s wife, Courtney Jolivette, was also stabbed in the incident. She was taken to Alexandria Medical Center, where she was undergoing surgery Wednesday evening.
Police officers said the suspect appeared to be high on drugs, according to Guidroz.
After the stabbing and shooting on Anne Street, the suspect drove three blocks to JR Food Mart and service station and drove his car through the front of the store, Guidroz said.
Three people — the owner, a cook and a customer — escaped and the suspect barricaded himself inside an office. Despite early reports, no hostages were taken.
Police used tear gas to try to flush the suspect out. A police negotiator and the suspect’s brother also tried to talk him out, Guidroz said.
Law enforcement officers “had to go in with tear gas, C gas, hammers and firemen’s axes” to breach the office door inside the store. “He was not coming out. He was ready to fight,” Guidroz said.
The suspect, who has an extensive criminal history, was taken to a Lafayette hospital, Guidroz said.
By 8 p.m., the store was reportedly on fire, but the blaze was extinguished.
An Instagram photo uploaded in Sunset apparently depicts the scene.
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department and Louisiana State Police approached the scene in full-body armor, including helmets, camouflage and automatic weapons.
The incident comes just days after a Louisiana State Police trooper was shot at the side of a road when he stopped to provide aid to a man whose truck was stuck in a ditch near Bell City. Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, died Monday from the wounds he received Sunday.