Joint Law Enforcement Efforts Apprehend Shooting Spree Suspect

The East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, LSP Crime Lab, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Service, West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office, and St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s Office’s efforts resulted in the apprehension of a man today for killing three men and injuring a fourth during a shooting spree that spanned throughout the past four months.

RYAN SHARPE, 36, of 14227 Highway 954 Clinton, La. is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Attempted First Degree Murder by the East Feliciana Sheriff’s Office and one count of First Degree Murder by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Sharpe is suspected of shooting and killing Tommy Bass on July 8th and shooting and injuring Buck Hornsby on September 12th in Clinton. He is suspected in the September 19th killing of Carroll Breeden in Pride and the October 9th killing of Brad DeFranceschi in Clinton.

Through the collaborative investigation, detectives developed Sharpe as a suspect. They quickly began surveillance of his home and pursued him after he fled this afternoon at approximately 2:50 p.m. Deputies with East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge apprehended Sharpe after a multi-parish pursuit that ended on Lee Price. Sharpe was armed at the time of his apprehension.

Detectives have significant physical evidence linking Sharpe to the crimes, and once in custody Sharpe confessed. The investigation is still ongoing as evidence is collected and processed. The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab has been working around the clock to process evidence linking Sharpe to the murders.
Sharpe will be booked into EBR Parish Prison this evening on the above listed charges.