Louisiana senior accused of beating, killing 2 high school cheerleaders while chasing suspect

A Louisiana officer has been arrested after a high-speed police pursuit of a suspect left two innocent high school cheerleaders dead over the holiday weekend.

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

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

Cauthron was in pursuit of Tyquel Zanders, a suspect in a Baton Rouge home invasion and carjacking, the outlet reports. The three victims were driving to a store close to home when the tragic incident occurred, according to WBRZ.

“That cop has a lot of questions to answer about his speed and gross negligence,” District Attorney Tony Clayton told WBRZ of Cauthron, who was driving about 86 miles per hour in the crash time. “That these children could not… be able to start the New Year is inexcusable.”

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

“If it involves putting human life in danger, stop the damn 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 crash, having “set the chain of events in motion,” as Clayton told The Advocate.

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