Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office releases name of victim and suspect in Sunday shooting

Ted L. Bourn, 37, was from Tupelo. 

LIVINGSTON – The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office released new details June 11 – including the name of the victim and suspect – related to a double homicide Sunday morning in Denham Springs. The victim was identified Beaux A. Bailey, 36, of Denham Springs. The suspect was identified as Ted L. Bourn, 37, of Tupelo. The initial call came as a home invasion on the 9000 block of Ridgeway Avenue (off 4-H Club Road) around 7 a.m. Sunday. Evidence gathered during the initial stage in the investigate has led detectives to believe the shooting was not part of a random home invasion. “We believe the suspect intentionally targeted the victim,” Sheriff Jason Ard said. Bailey and Bourn exchanged gunfire. Both died from gunshot wounds. Livingston Parish detectives traveled to Lee County, where they searched for evidence regarding the case, including electronic devices. “They were trying to figure out why this guy from here, was there,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “Four of their investigators came here Sunday afternoon and myself and my officers assisted them until the early hours Monday to secure some property and question some people Bourn associated with.” Detectives will process the evidence when they return to Livingston Parish, Ard said. “As for why the victim was targeted, we don’t know why – yet,” he said. The Lee County Sheriff was familiar with Bourn. “He lived here and I knew him through some friends of mine,” Johnson said. “I also knew him because he had been incarcerated in our facility for misdemeanor offenses.” Investigators will continue to follow the trail in hopes they can determine the motive. “That is one of the reasons this is taking so much time,” Ard said. LPSO detectives are staying in contact with the victim’s immediate family members, he said. Ard said he expects a long and drawn out investigation. “I want answers and closure for this family, just as much as everyone else,” he said. “There are certain times in law enforcement when you can’t give out too many details because it will jeopardize the investigation. This is one of those times.” According to The Advocate, a newspaper in Baton Rouge, the home at the center of the investigation in Livingston Parish is in a new subdivision a few miles south of Interstate 12 — a sprawling brick house set back from the road with white columns in front and with large windows. An apparent bullet hole was visible Sunday in a glass door toward the back of the home. Residents of another development across the street were shocked to hear what happened and worried about what this could mean for the otherwise safe and quiet area. Families and retirees have moved there because of its suburban character — neighborhoods filled with new construction and manicured lawns. One woman said Sunday she didn't hear gunshots but did hear a woman's voice screaming around 9 a.m. She said authorities had arrived a little before 7 a.m. and later towed a white pickup truck away from the scene. “I’ve said all I can say at this time,” Johnson said. More arrests are possible.

Lee County Courier publisher Jim Clark contributed to this article.

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