Officers from several agencies were called to the scene of the shooting at a home in the 14400 block of Hwy 416 in Glynn, Louisiana around 4 p.m..
Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Steve Juge late Tuesday night identified those killed as Deputy Donna LeBlanc, 42, her daughter Carli LeBlanc, 20, and Gregory Phillips, 29, who lived across the street.
The details of how the shootings unfolded have not yet been disclosed by authorities.
“Donna LeBlanc is the wife of a Louisiana State Trooper. Torres said the couple’s younger child (a 9 year old daughter who may have witnessed the double murder) placed the 911 call around 4 p.m. to report the shootings. Carli LeBlanc is the daughter of Donna LeBlanc by a prior marriage.
Deputies first on the scene found the three bodies in the yard of the family’s home. Torres said Donna LeBlanc had a gun in her possession when she was killed. That she had died defending her 21 year old daughter.
“She was a veteran officer. She was one of the first female deputies to work in West Baton Rouge Parish on the road,” Torres said of Leblanc. “She was, in my opinion, an outstanding officer and a great human being.”
Investigators say the shooter, Phillips, was an estranged neighbor who lived across the street. The sheriff’s office reports Phillips approached Leblanc at her carport and “shortly thereafter a gunfight erupted,” according to Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres.
“Ms. Leblanc was able to get three rounds off of her pistol and there were multiple rounds shot by Mr. Phillips,” Torres said.
The sheriff added Phillips eventually shot and killed Leblanc before turning to shoot her daughter who was standing on the porch. According to Torres, Phillips then shot and killed himself.
Investigators said Leblanc’s 9-year-old daughter was inside the home at the time and was able to call for help.
“She was one of my first deputies to hit the streets after I became sheriff,” he said. “I just saw her day before yesterday. Today was her day off. She’s gone now.”
He asked anyone with information of the situation, or Phillips’ behavior, to contact authorities at the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“We would like to know; whatever it is,” he said.
LeBlanc had been on the force for about two decades. Phillips was not a regular troublemaker with the law, the sheriff said.
LeBlanc is married to a State Police officer, who was notified about the deadly violence at his home. State Police had a heavy presence at the crime scene until late Tuesday.