Victims identified in apparent murder-suicide in DeRidder

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 3:40 PM CDT
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DeRidder, LA (KPLC) - The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office has identified the two people found dead Wednesday from apparent gunshot wounds.

Deputies discovered Steven Wilson, 59, and his son, Kyle Wilson, 27, deceased in a residence on the west side of DeRidder on Ward Line Road Wednesday morning, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Both of those subjects had single gunshot wounds.” Sheriff Mark Herford said. “Based on the investigation thus far, it appears to us that Steven Wilson shot Kyle Wilson, and then took his own life. We don’t know if the first shooting, the shooting of Kyle, was accidental or intentional.”

As to why it happened, Herford said that is still unknown.

“It’s a tragic situation, and unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what happened because they were the only two in the house,” Herford said. “So, you know, those questions may not have an answer.”

The investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Herford calls it an isolated incident and doesn’t believe anyone else was involved.

Herford adds the sheriff’s office offers its condolences and prayers to the family of the two men.

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