St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives now know the man who died during a domestic hostage situation had grave intentions when he went to the home of his ex-girlfriend Saturday night.
STPSO deputies were dispatched to 37226 Holifield Lane in Hickory shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday (November 11) in response to a report of a man who had forced entry into the home, was shooting a gun inside the residence and holding a female hostage.
When deputies arrived, the suspect exited the residence with the gun, and despite deputies’ commands to drop the weapon, pointed it at deputies.
In response, deputies fired at the suspect, who then quickly re-entered the residence.
Deputies made entrance into the home and located 55-year-old Eddy Longoria lying on the floor of the residence, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
At that time, deputies escorted the uninjured female hostage out of the residence and secured the scene. EMS personnel then began to render aide to Longoria; however, he succumbed to his injuries.
After speaking to witnesses, detectives know that prior to deputies’ arrival; Longoria had held both the ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend at gunpoint inside the home and had shot at the boyfriend as he fled the residence.
The investigation into this incident is still ongoing, and detectives are awaiting ballistic results on the guns fired at the scene, including the gun that was in Longoria’s possession and all projectiles recovered.
As is standard in such incidents, the deputies involved, Deputy Christopher Graham, Deputy Eric Restel and Deputy Matthew Nelson, have been placed on temporary administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.