East Baton Rouge Parish, LA (KMSS) — As part of a cooperative effort law enforcement officers from The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Denham Springs Police and the Louisiana State Police attempted to make contact with a suspect early this morning with multiple drug-related and burglary warrants and charges out of Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes.
Following the preliminary investigation of the scene, it has been determined that when law enforcement officers attempted to make contact with the suspect while inside a hotel room at the Magnuson Hotel off of Airline Highway at approximately 1:20 a.m., they heard the suspect discharge his firearm. While retreating from the room an EBRSO deputy returned fire. One EBRSO Deputy and a Louisiana State Trooper received minor injuries from bullet shrapnel. The Trooper was transported to the hospital for treatment, and the deputy was treated on scene and later went to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. EBRSO SWAT made entry into the hotel and discovered the suspect deceased.
The suspect, Jessie Aron Gordon, 22, of 26229 Walker South Road, Denham Springs was pronounced dead on the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Gordon had outstanding warrants with the Denham Springs Police for Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under Suspension, Expired Motor Vehicle Insurance, No Insurance, Switched License Plate and Resisting an Officer. He also had outstanding warrants with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office for Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and Theft of a Firearm. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office had charges for Gordon for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and he is suspected in other ongoing burglary cases.
EBRSO and LSP are jointly investigating the incident as part of the Violent Crimes Unit. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as they are available for release.