Louisiana police officer charged in shooting, killing 2 high school cheerleaders while chasing suspect

A Louisiana officer was arrested after a high-speed police chase suspect left two innocent high school cheerleaders dead on the holiday weekend.

Addis Police officer David Cauthron, 42, was booked Sunday on two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injuring after he struck and killed the car occupied by Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16, on LA 1 in Brusly, about. 8 km southwest of Baton Rouge, WBRZ reports. Brucely

Dunn’s teenage brother was also injured in the collision and was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the outlet.

Cauthron is in pursuit of Tyquel Zanders, a suspect in a Baton Rouge home invasion and car theft, the outlet reports. The three victims were driving to a store near their home when the tragic accident happened, according to WBRZ.

“The police have a lot of questions to answer about their speed and negligence,” District Attorney Tony Clayton told WBRZ of Cauthron, who was driving about 86 miles per hour at the time of the crash. “For these kids to not … have been able to start the New Year is unforgivable.”

Cauthron, according to Clayton, did not hit his brakes before colliding with the victim’s vehicle and even ran a red light.

“If it involves endangering human life, stop the pursuit,” Clayton said. “It’s just not worth the risk.”

Zanders, who authorities managed to stop on I-10, will face additional charges for the collision, after “putting a chain of events into line,” as Clayton told The Advocate.

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