Natchitoches Sheriff’s Department investigating homicide and searching for person of interest


Update 2/8/19 10:27 pm: 

A joint effort by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office, multiple Central Louisiana law enforcement agencies and the Louisiana State Police has led to the conclusion of an all-day search for a suspect wanted in connection with the death of a Natchitoches woman according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms Michael Paul Medina, 49, of Hessmer is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At this time, no further information will be released as the scene in Avoyelles Parish is being processed.

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Deputies and Louisiana State Police were acting on warrant from Natchitoches Parish signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge on Medina for 2nd Degree Murder in connection with the shooting death of Vicky M. Sanders on Friday morning.

Chief Investigator Greg Dunn said NPSO detectives are traveling to Avoyelles Parish at this time to assist them in the case.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives are currently investigating a homicide just south of Natchitoches and actively searching for a person of interest with assistance from multiple Central Louisiana law enforcement agencies according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones.

This morning at approximately 11:24am, Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division responded to a welfare concern call in the 200 block of Patrick Road in Point Place south of Natchitoches.

When deputies arrived at the residence, they located one person deceased inside the residence.

One person has been pronounced dead at the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

The name of the victim is currently being withheld.

Detectives are currently looking for the following person of interest in this investigation:

Michael Paul Medina, W/M, Age: 49, Hgt/601, Wgt/215, of 550 Babineaux Road, Hessmer, La. who has ties to Alexandria, Pineville and California is reportedly operating what is believed to be a dark green 2018 Toyota pickup truck bearing La. License# Y284301.

Medina is believed to be armed and considered dangerous.

If you come in contact with this vehicle and subject please notify your nearest law enforcement agency or call 911.

If you have any information contact the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division at 318-357-7830

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