PONCHATOULA, La. -- An 18-year-old teenager accused of gunning down a 39-year-old Ponchatoula woman following a series of run-ins with her family appeared before a judge Monday morning and had his bond denied.
Ryan Michael Pourciau was charged with first-degree murder, a protective order violation, and he faces a possible aggravated burglary charge and attempted first-degree murder charge, according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.
Last Tuesday, Ponchatoula High School was put on lockdown after April Vander Linden was shot and later died at the hospital. A manhunt was launched by authorities for Pourciau in relation to Vander Linden's death.
The same day when Vander Linden's husband Brett returned to the family home, he saw a bulletproof jacket belonging to Pourciau and immediately ran from the house.
Police stormed inside the Vander Linden home. There, Louisiana State Police spokesman Nicholas Manale said, officers found Pourciau hiding under a bed and when ordering him to raise his arms, police saw a gun and opened fire.
Pourciau was taken to the hospital after being hit in the shoulder. Upon releas from the hospital a day later, he was placed in jail.