The body of a veteran Louisiana state trooper who was gunned down on duty wasn’t found for a “absolutely unacceptable” 14 hours, the department’s superintendent revealed Monday.
Master Trooper Adam Gaubert, a 19-year member of the force, was working a traffic accident in Ascension Parish after 2:30 a.m. Saturday when he was killed during a string of shootings that also left a woman dead.
But authorities didn’t find his body until about 5 p.m. that day — after cops had arrested and charged the accused gunman, department Superintendent Lamar Davis said at a news conference on the tragedy on Monday.
“The time between the murder of Master Trooper Gaubert and the time he was found is absolutely unacceptable,” an emotional Davis said during the briefing. “And the results of this chaotic situation contributed to just that.”
“We are learning from this experience, we’re getting better,” he added.
Matthew Mire, 31, was arrested in the series of shootings and is facing charges in Gaubert’s death and the slaying of 37-year-old Pamela Adair.
Police believe the shooting started around midnight Friday in Livingston Parish when Mire allegedly shot and wounded two people and stole a pickup truck.
Mire is then believed to have shot and killed Gaubert before shooting two more people around 5 a.m., including Adair, who died from her injuries.
Cops launched a manhunt for Mire, who was arrested late Saturday.
Davis said confusion during the multi-agency manhunt and a police policy to use radio communications for emergencies only during violent incidents contributed to the delay in finding Gaubert’s body.
With Post wires
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