Clinton man arrested in string of Baton Rouge area shootings

Ryan Sharpe, 36 (Source: WAFB)

EAST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Following a string of drive-by shootings in East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge Parishes, law enforcement officials announced late Wednesday that they have arrested a Clinton man suspected of the crimes.

Ryan Sharpe, 36, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder and will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The break in the case came after a recently formed task force in East Feliciana began pursuing leads early Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a high-speed chase spanning multiple parishes with a white car matching the description from witnesses of the shootings, WAFB reported.

Sharpe was the driver of that car and after being taken into custody and questioned, he confessed to the crimes said East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis, though the Sheriff would not elaborate on a possible motive.

Officials said the LSP Crime Lab will continue to process evidence linked to this case, but that substantial physical evidence has already been compiled.

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