ST. TAMMANY PARISH – St. Tammany Sheriff Randy Smith is praising deputies for their response to a domestic violence hostage situation on Saturday night.
Deputies say 55-year-old Eddy Longoria barricaded himself inside his ex-girlfriend’s home, holding her and her current boyfriend hostage. The boyfriend was able to escape and run for help.
Three deputies responded and when Longoria exited the home while pointing his gun, deputies fired multiple times.
“17,” Smith said.
One shot hit Longoria, killing him. The other rounds went through the window and into the mobile home where the victim was sitting. The victim’s family did not want to speak with WWL-TV on camera, but they say that their daughter is lucky to be alive after her house was riddled with bullets.
"Our deputies responded using their training following their policy and did what was necessary,” Smith said.
“They did what they had to do to save this female's life,” he said.
The sheriff said his deputies were dealing with a dangerous man.
“There’s no doubt in my mind this individual went there with grave intentions,” Smith said.
Family members say the victim is fine physically, but mentally it will take some time for her to work through what happened. The sheriff says at the end of the day, everyone is safe after a violent encounter.
“This situation shows how dangerous this line of work is and we’re very fortunate that none of our officers were injured,” Smith said.
The family involved did have home security cameras that recorded the entire incident. Deputies are reviewing the video but have not released any more information about what the cameras