Published On: Sun, Jan 22nd, 2017

Sylvester Holt murders Louisiana police officer Michael Louviere, pregnant girlfriend Simone Veal, then self

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that the man whom investigators say shot and killed a Westwego, Louisiana, police officer has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Michael Louviere, 26, observed the apparent traffic accident and pulled over to assist. The woman on scene, Simone Veal, 32, of Marrero, Louisiana, was eight months pregnant. The suspect, Sylvester Holt Jr., approached Louviere from behind as he was leaning over her.

Holt shot Officer Louviere in the back of the head.

Michael Louviere

“This was a coldblooded murder,” Westwego police Chief Dwayne Munch Sr. told CNN affiliate WDSU-TV in New Orleans. “Officer Louviere was shot in the back of the head; he had no idea what was coming.”


Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, the Jefferson Parish coroner, confirmed that Veal was pronounced dead at the scene. Louviere was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Holt left the scene after the shootings and was found on the Crescent City Connection bridge leading to New Orleans around noon CT, Louisiana State Trooper Melissa Matey told CNN. Holt talked with police negotiators, but eventually shot himself in the chest late Friday afternoon, Matey said.


He was pronounced dead at a local hospital Friday night, officials said.

Munch said the grim scene that Louviere came upon stemmed from a domestic situation between Holt and Veal. Earlier, Holt had gone to the home of Veal, his former girlfriend, because he was upset after learning she was pregnant by a new boyfriend, officials said at a news conference.

Holt allegedly shot Veal and fled in his vehicle, a rented U-Haul truck.

The wounded Veal called 911 from home but then got in her vehicle and began driving. It was not clear where she was going, officials said.

At some point, Holt saw Veal driving, got behind her vehicle and began to ram her rear bumper with his truck, causing her to come to a stop at an intersection. Louviere then came on the scene, officials said.

Munch detailed to the press that Louviere was a U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan before joining the police force in July 2015. Louviere ended his shift at 6 a.m. Friday and was headed home on Ames Boulevard.

Speaking at the press conference, Munch said he believed Louviere’s death marked the third line-of-duty death in Westwego Police Department history, and the first since the early 1970s.

“It’s really tough on us,” Munch said, describing the police department as a tight-knit family of 38 officers who are “tough” and “resilient” and understand the “inherent dangers of the job.”

He said counselors would be provided to help grieving members of department.


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