UPDATE: Natchitoches police say murder, kidnapping suspect has died

Natchitoches police investigating homicide, suspect pursuit leads to ditch crash in Rapides Parish
Published: Jun. 19, 2022 at 7:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 20, 2022 at 8:28 AM CDT
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NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Natchitoches Police Department was notified that Dave Bigord, the suspect charged with murder and kidnapping, was pronounced dead from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound after being transported to a hospital.

NPD corrects the suspect’s name to “Bigord” instead of “Bigford” as previously released.


The Natchitoches Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday, June 19, on North Melrose Avenue.

Around 2:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of gunshots in the 100 block of North Melrose Avenue. They found LaDarious Scott, 22, of Winnfield, at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. Scott was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

NPD said investigators at the scene learned that the suspect, Dave Bigord, 24, of Mount Olive, North Carolina, forced his girlfriend into a vehicle at gunpoint and fled the scene before officers arrived.

Vernon Parish law enforcement located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop that led to a lengthy chase. During the chase, NPD said Bigord’s girlfriend jumped free from the vehicle in Alexandria.

NPD said Bigord eventually crashed his vehicle into a ditch on Hwy 165 just south of Glenmora in Rapides Parish. He was found with a single self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital.

Bigord is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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