Louisiana man suspected of killing pregnant wife and cop has died

The suspect accused of fatally shooting a pregnant woman and a Louisiana police officer was pronounced dead at University Medical Center late Friday night, police said.

Sylvester Holt was in critical condition after he shot himself in the chest during a seven-hour standoff with police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told The Times-Picayune.

“Hours were spent trying to get him to surrender,” State Trooper Melissa Matey told the newspaper. “All of those attempts failed.”

The 32-year-old murder suspect perched himself on the outside of a bridge crossing the Mississippi River and threatened to jump off during the lengthy standoff with police. Holt shot himself around 6 p.m. after he confessed to shooting both his estranged pregnant wife Simone Veal, 32, and Officer Michael Louviere, also 32.

“He indicated he had a pretty good idea they were dead,” Normand said during a press conference Friday night.

Jefferson Parish police said Holt shot at Veal before chasing her down in his car and then shot both her and Louviere after she crashed into a truck.

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Westwego police officer Michael Louviere. Louviere and a woman he was helping were shot and killed Friday.

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The Westwego cop was on his way home from a shift when he attempted to help Veal escape the gunman. He was still wearing his uniform when he died.

Officers believe the fatal incident was a result of Holt’s jealousy over his estranged wife’s pregnancy with another man, according to the Times-Picayune.

Holt was released from jail earlier this month after the Jefferson Parish District Attorney opted against pursuing rape charges against him.

Holt in September was arrested for picking up a woman in a New Orleans bar and raping her at gunpoint, police said. Charge were dropped because the woman in the case was uncooperative, District Attorney Paul Connick said in a statement obtained by WWLTV.

Authorities had planned to charge Holt with the murders of Louviere, Veal and her unborn child in addition to lesser charges like criminal damage to property.

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