3 dead, 1 killed by a police officer in Lake Charles. Police release names of 2 victims.

Published 9:46 am Friday, October 14, 2022

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LAKE CHARLES, La. – At approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Lake Charles Police Department officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1800 block of 7th Street in Lake Charles.

A 911 caller reported seeing an unclothed male subject walking in a nearby yard and also reported previously seeing the subject with a firearm.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the subject. An officer discharged a firearm, and the subject retreated back into the home and closed the door, police said.

LCPD SWAT Officers were dispatched to the scene and after gaining entry into the home, discovered the bodies of two additional subjects, one in a rear hallway and the other in a bedroom doorway.

Detectives have been assigned the investigation into the deaths of the two victims discovered in the rear area of the residence. They are investigating these deaths as homicides as the victims were discovered with gunshot wounds.

Detectives have identified the victims as 60-year-old Sandra Reder Ardoin and 62-year-old Lee Edward Ardoin.

Through their preliminary investigation and in conjunction with the preliminary investigation of the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office, investigators suspect the incident leading to the deaths of the victims occurred sometime prior to midnight on the night of Tuesday.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to contact lead Detectives Sgt. Willie Fontenot or Sgt. Joe Savoie by calling 337-491-1311.

Detectives assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations were requested Thursday by the Lake Charles Police Department to investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting.

Louisiana State Police is the lead investigating agency for the officer-involved shooting, and Lake Charles Police is investigating the death of the two adults.

The Lake Charles Police Department Crime Lab responded to the scene and is assisting with the investigation.

No officers were injured during the incident.