Jordan Gribble / Houma Courier

HOUMA, La. - A man fatally shot his girlfriend after taking her and their one-year-old son hostage Friday inside an apartment at the Senator Circle public housing complex in Houma, police said.

Gunfire was heard from inside the apartment at 11:50 a.m., and police said they entered and found 22-year-old Barbara Baker with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police arrested Skylleur Ramon Hayes, 22, of St. Charles Street in Thibodaux, roughly three-and-a-half hours after the standoff began and took him to the Terrebonne Parish jail in handcuffs. Police said they found Hayes was hiding in the attic, and officers eventually used tear gas before charging in to subdue him.

Just before they entered, police were seen carrying the young boy who appeared unharmed away from the apartment. Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said negotiators had succeeded in getting Hayes to let the child go.

Hayes is being charged with first-degree murder.

Officers responded to a 911 call about 10:22 a.m., Chief Todd Duplantis said.

'When they arrived, they discovered than an unknown suspect had barricaded himself in a woman's house with her child and had taken them hostage with a gun,' Duplantis said this morning. 'Hostage negotiators and the SWAT team are at the scene. We do not know names of the victims or suspect at this time.'

Hayes has outstanding warrants in Lafourche Parish for a probation violation and in Terrebonne for simple robbery, police said. He was out on a $100,000 bond in connection with the latter charge.

Yellow crime-scene tape surrounded the collection of apartments that includes the one where the woman lives, 179 B Senator Circle. The area was secured by officers as hostage negotiators from Houma Police, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office and State Police worked all morning and into the early afternoon.

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