ST. MARY PARISH, LA - State police have now found a body inside a home near Lafayetter where one police officer was shot and killed and two others wounded.
Troopers say, around 11:00 this morning, officers responded to a fire on Flatown Road in Charenton. Once on scene, they found the suspect armed with a gun. Troopers say the suspect shot three officers, killing one of them.
Investigators say a man was found inside the house with a gun shot wound, but they aren't sure if he died from the gunshot or perished in the fire. The victim's name has not been released.
Meanwhile, detectives have arrested 48-year-old Wilbert Thibodeaux in connection with the officer shootings.State Police have confirmed the officer killed was part of the Chitimacha Police Department.
We have not confirmed what agencies the other two officers are with, but we do know that they were both transported to the hospital with critical injures.
One officer is in a Lafayette hospital and the other in New Orleans. Family members tell us their loved one, Matthew Strickland with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office, was shot in the incident.
He was said to have been shot several times in the face/neck area. He is at a trauma center in New Orleans. His family says he just started last week at the Sheriff's Office. He previously worked at the jail and served a year with the National Guard in Iraq.
The identities of the other two officers have not been released at this time. Meanwhile, one witness tells us he saw the suspect walking down the street with a shotgun and a gas can this morning.
When he questioned the man, he says, he refused to tell him why. Another witness tells us he set his neighbors trailer on fire.
At this time, we do not know if the officers shot at the suspect, but we do know he is in custody.
The case is still under investigation.