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WALKER- Less than 24 hours after 22-year old Jessie Gordon shot and killed himself as law enforcement tried to arrest him, his grandmother detailed his troubled past.

"He had just started getting into trouble again," Loraine Murtishaw said.

Murtishaw was horrified to learn her grandson killed himself as deputies and state troopers swarmed a hotel in Baton Rouge trying to take him into custody. 

"He had a very troubled past," Murtishaw said.  "He had been in a lot of trouble, had spent some time in jail and had just started getting into trouble again."

Investigators said when law enforcement made contact with Gordon he shot himself. The shot caused an East Baton Rouge Parish Deputy to open fire. Another EBRSO Deputy and a state trooper were injured by bullet shrapnel. The two that went to the hospital may have been hit by the friendly fire, but it remains under investigation.

"We were looking for a burglary suspect with several active warrants in Denham Springs, Livingston Parish and active charges from EBRSO," Spokeswoman Casey Hicks said.

In Baton Rouge Gordon was wanted for possession of stolen things, resisting an officer, identity fraud and forgery. The warrants from Baton Rouge were filed on April 5, 2012,  but the warrants from Livingston Parish were only three days old.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office declined to do an on camera interview until the investigation is complete. However, we learned one warrant was out for theft of a firearm another for simple burglary. The warrants from Livingston Parish won't be released until the investigation is complete, according to a sheriff's office spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, Murtishaw is hoping the law enforcement officers who were injured make a full recovery.

"He just couldn't deal with his life here any longer," Murtishaw said. "It was more than he could handle."


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