A Louisiana father Dezmon Hamilton, 34, was shot and killed in a shootout he had with a teenage boy who police say snuck into the man’s home to see his 14-year-old daughter.
Authorities in Zachary, a small city about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge, are trying to determine what prompted an exchange of gunfire between the 17-year-old suspect and Hamilton, Zachary Police Chief David McDavid said.
McDavid said that the teen and Hamilton shot at each other about 25 minutes after Hamilton caught the boy hiding in a closet and took him downstairs to speak to him. He said Hamilton's daughter is believed to have let the boy into the home from a second-story window using a ladder.
Hamilton, a well-known area businessman, died in his living room from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the county coroner's office. The suspect, identified by police as 17-year-old Nicholas Mcquirter survived his injuries.