Motive unclear following double murder-suicide in Louisiana

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POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. — A deputy and her 21-year-old daughter are dead after a neighbor opened fire on them outside their home in Pointe Couppe Parish, Louisiana.

Sheriff Bud Torres told WAFB Deputy Donna Leblanc was outside in the carport area of her home when the suspect, Gregory Phillips, approached.

With her daughter standing not too far away, Phillips opened fire on Leblanc eventually killing her.

He then shot the daughter, Carli Jo, before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities said Leblanc was able to get three shots off before being fatally hit.

A second daughter, 9, was inside the home at the time and was able to call for help.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

However, Sheriff Torres did say there had been “some difficulty between the neighbors” prior to the shooting.

“We don’t know exactly the extent of [a previous conflict], but I know there was not a pleasant relationship between the neighbors. There was an ongoing contact with them and it wasn’t pleasant,” Torres explained.

Leblanc was a 22-year veteran of the force and one of the first female deputies to work in West Baton Rouge Parish on the road.