UPDATED STORY: Tuesday, October 24, 2023

LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - The suspect accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house, shooting her then turning the gun on himself has been identified as 63-year-old Jeffery Efaw of Lafayette.

The victim is still listed in critical condition at a local hospital.


ORIGINAL STORY: Monday, October 23, 2023:

LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - It was a violent start today (Monday, October 23) as Lafayette Police were called to the scene of what turned out to be an attempted murder-suicid e that left the suspect dead and his ex-girlfriend in critical condition.

According to Lafayette Police, a burglary call came in just before 6:00 a.m. as officers responded to the 200 block of Woodrow Street.

200 block of Woodrow Street, google maps
200 block of Woodrow Street, google maps

When officers arrived, they found the home broken into but they also found a 60-year-old woman suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and a 63-year-old man unresponsive. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to Lafayette Police, the victim currently had a temporary restraining order against the man who is accused of breaking into the home and shooting her before he shot himself.

The Lafayette Police Department urges anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse and needs help getting out of the environment to contact the Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or you can contact the local Family Justice Center at 337-210-5986 for assistance.

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