Matthew Lathers: Kenner Police Shooting Suspect Who Shot 3 Louisiana Officers Identified

Matthew Lathers
Matthew Lathers

Matthew Lathers, a suspect wanted for attempted murder and armed robbery shot two people outside a Kenner residence Sunday morning, kicking off an eight-hour standoff with SWAT teams during which Matthew allegedly shot three Kenner police officers and fired on others before a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office sniper shot and killed him, according to authorities.

All five of the injured were in stable condition, said Capt. Michael Cunningham, spokesperson for the Kenner Police Department.

Two of the police officers were treated and released while a third remained hospitalized as of Sunday evening.

Authorities confirmed the death of the suspect, Matthew Lathers, 31, who was shot at a residence in the 700 block of Farm Avenue, just south of Airline Drive in Kenner, which was temporarily closed to traffic as police officers flooded the neighborhood and sporadic gunfire kept residents on edge for hours.

“We attempted to negotiate with him numerous times,” said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, whose SWAT team took over the scene after the Kenner officers were injured.

“We attempted to make contact. There was no answer by any means, nor did he try to negotiate with us. It wasn’t until he took the position that he did that they fired upon him,” Lopinto said.

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