Posted: Feb 7, 2014 5:53 PM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Feb 7, 2014 6:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- A hit and run in St. Gabriel turned into a manhunt with a deadly end in Baton Rouge.
St. Gabriel Police said Robert Bloodworth, 39, shot and killed himself at his home after police had questioned him about a traffic incident earlier Friday.
Police said they stopped Bloodworth after he rear-ended a woman's car on Highway 30. Officers said he seemed nervous, and when they asked him about his registration Bloodworth took off on foot. Investigators said a stolen Mercedes was seen leaving a nearby subdivision soon after the incident, and the same car was found at Bloodworth's home on Crepemyrtle Drive.
Police said when they approached the home they heard shots, and found Bloodworth dead inside.
Neighbors said they were shocked to see all the police in their area, and even more shocked to find out what happened.
"There were 30 police cars in the driveway, this is a really quiet quaint neighborhood there's only one way in and one way out so you don't have any traffic so if you see anything like that it's obviously something going on," explained neighbor Eric Woolbright. "They're good people, I thought. I mean, did he just have an accident and panic? I really don't know."
Investigators said Bloodworth had a history of fleeing from police, and repeated DWI charges. They also said Bloodworth had a history of alcohol and drug abuse.