Two people are dead after a shootout involving a police officer in the small southwest Louisiana town of Carlylss. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says his officers were responding to a 911 call for an armed robbery when they got another call from a man saying people were running through his field close to the location of the burglary. Mancuso says deputies met the individuals in the field.

“When deputies got out of their cars to confront them, the male subject started shooting at the deputies. Deputies returned fire, and the subject drops,” Mancuso said.

Mancuso says the suspect fired several shots at the deputies before the officers returned fire. The sheriff says the suspect either died from a gunshot wound from one of his deputies or he killed himself. He says when police approached the suspect, they found another victim.

“We also had a female victim that was deceased in the field. Deputies only fired one shot, so we assume that he shot and killed her. Obviously we’re still investigating,” Mancuso said.

Mancuso says there was also a female child in the field, and she is unharmed. He says two investigations are ongoing.

“Basically we, the Sheriff’s Office, are conducting the investigation on the murder of the female victim, and the State Police is investigating the officer-involved shooting,” Mancuso said.