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VPSO:Traffic Stop Ends with Fugitive Taking His Owns Life

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The incident took place Louisiana Highway 700 at the intersection of Shelly Road.

Posted: Nov 24, 2021 9:37 AM

VERMILION PARISH - According to Eddie Langlinais of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office, on November 23, 2021, at approximately 9:00 AM, a Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a motorcycle for the driver not wearing a helmet. The incident took place Louisiana Highway 700 at the intersection of Shelly Road.

During the traffic stop , the motorist could not produce proper identification and subsequently gave false information about who he was. A second VPSO Sheriff Deputy arrived on the scene to assist. Deputies continued to investigate in attempts to identify the motorist when the motorist slowly retrieved a handgun from a saddlebag he was holding, but never pointed at or threatened deputies with it. Deputies drew their firearms for protection and ordered the subject to comply. The subject turned away and fled on foot into a grassy field off Shelly Road. A perimeter was set up to contain the situation while the VPSO Special Response Team was called out for response deployment.

Through further investigation, the subject was identified as Kelly Vaughn .  VPSO dispatch then confirmed that Vaughn was wanted by the U. S. Marshal’s Office on an arrest warrant issued by the United States District Court of Montana and had been entered into NCIC file with indicators that he should be considered armed and dangerous. The offense was listed as Possession of a Weapon with a no bail warrant.

The VPSO and Louisiana State Police used aerial drones to locate Vaughn hiding in the thick tall grassy field. Surveillance verified that Vaughn was armed with a handgun. Drones maintained surveillance on his location while crisis negotiators were used to communicate with Vaughn in an attempt to get Vaughn to surrender peacefully. During negotiations, Vaughn fired shots at the drones and made several statements threatening suicide, stating he was not going back to jail.

At 4:24 PM, Vaughn shot himself in the head with the handgun he was armed with. Drone video footage captured Vaughn committing suicide. The VPSO response team immediately moved into Vaughn’s location to secure the scene for Acadian Ambulance medics to attempt to render aid but reported and confirmed no signs of life.

A Death notification to Vaugh’s family in Carbon County Montana was being made by Sheriff Mcquillian with Carbon County Sheriff’s Office.

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