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Police: Guardsman shot self after attempted holdup

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Posted: Aug 4, 2010 2:32 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2010 3:03 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Bay St. Louis, I-10, Louisiana, Mike DeNardo, Paul Loupe, LaPlace, 773rd Military Police Battalion

Bay St. Louis police say the man who killed himself on Interstate 10 after an attempted holdup in
Louisiana was a Louisiana National Guard soldier assigned to help with the oil spill.

Deputy Chief Mike DeNardo identifies him Wednesday as 24-year-old John Paul Loupe of LaPlace, a member of the 773rd Military Police Battalion.

He says Loupe shot himself in the head with a 9mm semi-automatic rifle on Tuesday, and his car caromed off a guardrail and onto a bridge.

Capt. Kevin Foltz, spokesman for Slidell, La., police, said Loupe tried to hold up a fast-food restaurant there shortly before killing himself.

He said Loupe threatened the manager with a steak knife and ordered her to open the safe, but she grabbed his face and shoved him against a wall.

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