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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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Murder, suicide shocks small community

Murder, suicide shocks small community

A man shot and killed his estranged wife Friday morning in Raceland before turning the gun on himself, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Chelsi Eschette, 33, died outside a home at 4182 La. 1 after she sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect, Josh Eschette, 32, was in critical condition after he shot himself once in the head. He was airlifted to University Medical Center New Orleans but died Sunday from his injuries. He was kept on life support over the weekend in order for his organs to be harvested for donation.

Sheriff Craig Webre said the call came in about 9:52 a.m., and deputies and detectives found the bodies in the driveway.

"Both were in different vehicles and either arrived at the same time, or maybe he was waiting for her and knew what time she'd be back," the sheriff said. "It appears that they came to the home in close proximity to one another. The vehicle he was driving was parked ahead of the vehicle she was driving, and it looks like they would have each gotten out of their respective vehicles and kind of met in the middle, where he shot her."

The sheriff said Josh Eschette shot Chelsi Eschette once, she fell, and he continued firing. The gun used was a semiautomatic .22-caliber pistol.

Webre said according to family members, the couple had separated a few times before the incident and there had been threats made, but no indication of physical violence.

"It's an unusual case in that there were no prior (official) reports of any issues, domestic issues," the sheriff said. "No complaints, no investigations, no protective orders, none of the things that you often see when you have a domestic murder-suicide."

Detectives said the investigation is ongoing.