UPDATE: Natchitoches police say murder, kidnapping suspect has died

The scene where the Natchitoches Police Department says Dave Bigford crashed his vehicle in...
The scene where the Natchitoches Police Department says Dave Bigford crashed his vehicle in Rapides Parish following a chase with authorities on June 19, 2022.(KALB)
Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 7:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 8:28 AM CDT
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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Natchitoches Police Department was notified that Dave Bigord, the suspect charged with murder and kidnapping, was pronounced dead from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital.

NPD corrects the suspect’s name to “Bigord” instead of “Bigford” as previously released.


The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday, June 19, on North Melrose Avenue.

Around 2:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of North Melrose Avenue. They found LaDarious Scott, 22, of Winnfield, at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. Scott was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

NPD said investigators at the scene learned that the suspect, Dave Bigord, 24, of Mount Olive, North Carolina, forced his girlfriend into a vehicle at gunpoint and fled the scene before officers arrived.

Vernon Parish law enforcement located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop that led to a lengthy chase. During the chase, NPD said Bigord’s girlfriend jumped free from the vehicle in Alexandria.

NPD said Bigord eventually crashed his vehicle into a ditch on Hwy 165 just south of Glenmora in Rapides Parish. He was found with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital.

Bigord is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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