Patterson man kills woman, turns gun on himself

PATTERSON, La. — A murder-suicide claimed the lives of two people in Patterson Tuesday night as a man shot and killed his estranged wife before turning a gun on himself, according to Patterson Police Chief Patrick LaSalle.

Kelly Y. Lightsey, 42, was murdered inside of a Camille Drive residence by Wlliam E. Lightsey, 55, after a dispute, LaSalle said. There were statements from witnesses on the scene that this shooting was the result of domestic violence, he said.

Patterson police responded to a 911 call and multiple calls from citizens at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the police chief. Upon arriving at the Camille Drive residence, police found William Lightsey in the yard with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Kelly Lightsey was found inside of the home, shot in the head with a single gunshot, according to LaSalle.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner, he said.

Police recovered a pair of spent cartridges and two unspent rounds along with the weapon, according to LaSalle.

LaSalle said the weapon was a .410 gauge shotgun, which had been loaded with slugs rather than shot.

“This is a sad, tragic event. I knew these people,” LaSalle said today. “Two more lives were lost again tragically to domestic violence. This is another example of the psychology of America — to pick up a gun to solve a problem.”

LaSalle said William Lightsey had an arrest history with Patterson police, but that history did not involve domestic abuse.

LaSalle often publicly releases his cell phone number and asks that citizens in need of police assistance, especially victims of domestic violence, call him. After extending his condolences to the victims’ families, he said he would welcome calls to him from any of the victim’s family.

“Call me at 985-397-2249 if there is anything I can do,” LaSalle offered. “Please don’t hesitate to call me. The loss of any life in my city affects me.”

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