According to Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz “On October 5, 2020, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 100 block of Cook Street in Morrow in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival , deputies were directed to what appeared to be an abandoned mobile home. Deputies located a silver colored truck parked in the driveway with a deceased male (later identified as Michael Dawain Thomas) inside the vehicle.”
Detectives learned Michael Thomas was involved in a heated argument with Sanplice Simien days before the shooting. Additionally, it was learned Sanplice Simien was robbed in the Morrow area by Thomas at gunpoint days prior while an unknown individual removed $1,200 - $1,400 from Simien’s back pants pocket.
Upon further investigation by detectives, it was determined that Michael Thomas, Ladarious Keller, Emerick Simon and Ladrius Leblanc were in a vehicle at a residence on Cook Street in the Morrow area when they were ambushed. During
the course of the investigation detectives were able to place Sanplice Simien near, and at the scene of the shooting. When Sanplice neared the vehicle, he began shooting at the unsuspecting victims and he then fled the area. Michael Thomas died at the scene.
A resident of Cook Street came to the assistance of Ladarious Keller and Emmerick Simon and drove them to a local hospital. Ladarious Keller died as a result of his injuries at a local hospital; Emmerick Simon was treated for multiple gunshot wounds. Ladrius Leblanc was not injured in this incident and remained at the scene.
On November 4, 2020, Sanplice Christopher Simien was booked at the St. Landry Parish Jail First Degree Murder (2 counts) and Attempted First Degree Murder (2 counts).
Guidroz stated, “I would like to thank the CID Detectives for their hard work and commitment to bring this case to a closure so quickly. Their working together as a team really paid off.”
On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.