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Update: Suspect in killings shoots self after stand-off on bridge

A photo taken from WWL-TV shows a man who's reportedly threatening to jump off the Crescent City Connection bridge. When asked if the activity was related to the search for Sylvester Holt, a person of interest in the fatal shooting Friday of a Westwego police officer and a female victim, Gretna Police responded that 'apparently, that's the information we are obtaining.'
A photo taken from WWL-TV shows a man who's reportedly threatening to jump off the Crescent City Connection bridge. When asked if the activity was related to the search for Sylvester Holt, a person of interest in the fatal shooting Friday of a Westwego police officer and a female victim, Gretna Police responded that 'apparently, that's the information we are obtaining.'

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The man threatening to jump off the Crescent City Connection bridge shot himself in the chest after an hours-long standoff on Friday.

EMS were rendering aid to the man, identified as Sylvester Holt, a person of interest in the shooting deaths of a Westwego officer and another woman in Marrero, according to Louisiana State Police.

Holt was seen moving after the gunshot. His status is unclear.

Original story:

Police officers had converged around a man on the edge of the westbound side of the Crescent City Connection on Friday afternoon, in a standoff that one official said was related to the search for Sylvester Holt, who has been named as a person of interest in the fatal shooting hours earlier of a Westwego police officer and a 32-year-old woman.

Asked if the activity was related to the search for Holt, who has been named as a person of interest in the killings, Assistant Gretna Police Chief Anthony Christiana said, "Apparently, that's the information we are obtaining." Authorities have not named the man on the bridge as Holt.

While the standoff continued, US 90B West (heading toward the West Bank) on the Crescent City Connection remained closed.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said that Officer Michael Louviere of the Westwego Police Department was shot in the head and killed Friday morning after stopping to help a woman who was involved in what had appeared to be a traffic accident near the intersection of Ames and Barataria boulevards, just south of Marrero.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Simone Veal, 32, on Friday afternoon, and said that she had previously been in a romantic relationship with Holt.

The Sheriff’s Office had received a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute near the intersection at about 6:30 a.m., and as Louviere pulled over and started to cross Barataria, shots rang out, Normand said. Both Louviere and Veal were killed.

Normand said Veal had called the Sheriff’s Office just minutes before to report being shot at in the nearby Hillcrest subdivision, on the 3000 block of Lillie Street.

"The Westwego Police Department is devastated," Normand said.

Read more about this story at TheAdvocate.com.

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