SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – UPDATE: The man who died in an apartment fire in south Shreveport late Monday has been named by the Caddo Parish Coroner’s office.
Blake E. Vetter, 26, was pronounced dead at 9:11 p.m. following the incident that occurred at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Cedar Creek Drive, west of Walker Road in The Cedars neighborhood.
It is believed he died of smoke inhalation, but that won’t be confirmed until the ordered autopsy is performed at Ochsner LSU Health Hospital
Shreveport Police was called to the Cedar Creek Village apartment complex around 8:30 p.m. after reports of shots fired.
Allegedly, Vetter fired a rifle inside the apartment and barricaded himself inside a room within the apartment.
The Shreveport Fire department also was called to the scene around 9 p.m., after the suspect allegedly began setting items inside the apartment on fire.
As a negotiator talked with Vetter, neighbors were evacuated from surrounding apartments.
Swat teams then were able to get inside, where Vitter was found dead.
Fire crews were able to contain the fire inside the apartment.