Authorities said a man broke into the home of his estranged wife, killing her and their 12-year-old son, early Thursday morning.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Dewona Green, 40, and Ron Green Jr. were found shot to death in their home on Lakeway Cove Avenue off LA 44. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with APSO said Ronald Green Sr., 44, allegedly broke into the home around 2:30 a.m. and killed them.
Lakeway Cove Avenue is located in the Gateway Cove subdivision between Gonzales and Prairieville.
“Well, it was one of those terrible tragedies,” said Bacala. “It's a domestic violence issue.”
Bacala said Dewona Green was shot in her bed and then Ron Green Jr. was shot. He added the first call about the shooting was from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office after deputies there received a report.
“Ron Green called someone in East Baton Rouge and said, 'Look, I just killed my wife and my son and I'm about to jump off of a bridge in the Mississippi River,'” Bacala added.
Investigators said Green's car was found atop the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Gramercy, so there is a strong possibility he may have jumped off the bridge, but the search for him continues. Deputies are scouring the area where the car was found for any indications of Green's whereabouts.
Detectives have secured arrest warrants for him for two counts of first-degree murder and violation of a restraining order. Authorities said the couple had recently separated and deputies were actually called out to the home this week for an incident. Following that incident, deputies assisted her in getting the restraining order against her husband.
There was also an incident over the weekend in which Ronald Green Sr. was arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish. Authorities said the arrest stemmed from a violation of the restraining order. He was taken to jail and later bonded out.
Bacala also said measures are being put in place to assist students who knew Ron Green Jr. with coping with the tragedy.
“We've already made contact with the school where the 12-year-old attended and the principal and the school staff are going to be prepared in the morning for any needs that may exist for the students on campus,” Bacala explained.
The investigation is ongoing.