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Westwego Officer Michael Louviere, your life mattered. Image source/ Blue Lives Matter


The Louisiana man who killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an off-duty police officer has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to authorities.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman John Fortunato said that the killer, Sylvester Holt died late Friday at University Hospital in New Orleans.


Holt shot himself in the chest earlier Friday after threatening for hours to jump off a New Orleans bridge, authorities said.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said that during the stand-off on the bridge Holt confessed to killing Simone Veal, 32, of Marrero, La., and Westwego Officer Michael Louviere, 26.

Normand said Holt went to Veal’s house Friday morning after hearing that she had become pregnant by her current boyfriend.

Witnesses said Holt fired at Veal in her car and then chased her to an intersection where she hit a truck waiting at a light.

Louviere, whose shift ended at 6 a.m. Friday, was on his way home after work when he spotted the crash and stopped to help.

Normand said Holt “executed” Louviere with a single shot to the head as the officer tried to render aid to Veal.

Normand said that Holt took a taxi to the bridge, but got out after telling the cab driver that he felt sick and was going to throw up.

Cops closed the bridge from New Orleans’ east bank to its west bank, causing traffic to back up for miles.

Authorities said negotiators attempted to talk Holt off a girder below and to the side of the bridge roadway without success.

Holt eventually shot himself at around 5:30 p.m. CT.


Louviere was described as a dedicated family man with a strong work ethic; he was married and had a 1-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter, Fortunato said.

According to Westwego Police Chief Dwayne Munch, he was a rising star likely bound for a job at a larger agency.

“We knew we wouldn’t have him for long. We just didn’t know he would be gone this soon,” Munch said.

“It’s hard. We’re a close-knit police department,” said Munch of his office that includes only 38 officers. “He was shot in the back of the head. He had no idea what was coming. As he was trying to assist someone he believed to have been injured in an auto accident, he was murdered.”

Munch, said Louviere, 26, joined the Westwego PD in July 2015 after graduating at the top of his class. He was also a former marine who served in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife and a four-year-old daughter and one-year-old son.

Munch said he and a doctor broke the news to Louviere’s wife at a hospital that her husband had died.

“That was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” the chief said.

Rest In Peace Officer Michael Louviere. Thank you for your service.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends and fellow officers.

Stay safe out there BLUE- we got your six.

God Bless! 




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