Dying dad used last breath to tell police his son shot him

A dying dad used his last breath to tell police his son had shot him, police say.

Dakota Theriot, 21, is now on the run after having allegedly gunned parents Keith and Elizabeth, both 50, at their family home, and three friends yesterday.

Police found Keith still alive when they got to his home in Gonzales, Louisiana, and officers believe he told them their biggest lead.

Sheriff Bobby Webre, said Keith told investigators his son was responsible with his last tragic words, Fox News says.

Tragically, Keith died moments later.

The sheriff told a press conference: "This is probably one of the worst domestic violence [incidents] I’ve seen in quite a while.

"For a young man to walk into a bedroom and kill his mother and his father, and then kill friends in Livingston that he had a connection with."


Neighbours in Gonzales also spoke of their shock at the killings.

"To kill your parents you have to be some kind of disturbed," Michael Logan, a resident nearby, said.

"I have young kids, wife and everything so I was just worried, if they have the guy, is he out on the run or whatever so that was kind of the first thought."


Kaleb Watson, another neighbour, added: "[It’s] just a quiet little suburban neighborhood, rural neighborhood.

"This is my first time seeing something like this."

Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20, were killed at nearby Livingston in a mobile home.

Among the comments from friends and well wishers was Jennifer Batment who wrote: "I love you Summe. RIP my sweet girl."

Nicole Mead added: "I’m so sorry beautiful girl. My condolences to you and your family and friends. Such a tragedy."


Police have described Theriot as "armed and dangerous".

He is believed to be driving a grey and silver Dodge Ram pickup.

A statement on the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office  Facebook  page said: "Detectives are now searching for 21-year-old Dakota Theriot who is wanted for two counts first-degree-murder, illegal use of weapons, and home invasion."

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