David Cauthron

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Service Record

Pointe Coupee Parish Louisiana Sheriff's Office

Last Known Status Separated

Addis Louisiana Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service February 2022.[1] - January 9, 2023.[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]

Incident Reports

2022 Deaths of Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill

News report with surveillance video

On December 31, 2022, Cauthron responded to a report that Tyquel Zanders had stolen his father's vehicle. Cauthron pursued Zanders, ran a red light, and crashed into another vehicle "at a very high rate of speed". Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill were killed in the incident, and Maggie's brother Liam Dunn was critically injured.[3]

Zanders was charged with two counts of manslaughter in addition to charges related to home invasion, vehicle theft, and aggravated flight from officers.[3][4]

Cautheron was going 86 mph and did not apply his brakes before hitting the other vehicle.[1]

The incident was captured on an in-vehicle camera and surveillance video.[5]

Response Timeline

On January 1, 2023, Cauthron was charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injuring.[1]

On February 1, 2023, the town council voted to accept Cauthron's resignation, effective January 9, 2023.[2]

On February 24, 2023, a grand jury indicted Cauthron on two counts of manslaughter, one count of aggravated obstruction of a highway, one count of negligent injury, one count of malfeasance in office, and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle.[6]

On November 22, 2023, Gills' parents sued Cauthron for violating Gills' civil rights.[7]

On March 18, 2024, Cauthron pleaded guilty to manslaughter and negligent injuring. Cauthron was sentenced to 32 years, with 10 years in prison and 22 years suspended.[8]

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