Officials Confirm Identity of Suspect In St. Landry Parish Church Fires

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Officials have confirmed with News15 that the suspect in the St. Landry church fires investigation  is 21 year old Holden Matthews. The Father is a school bus driver and sheriff’s deputy at the st Landry Parish sheriff’s department.

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United States Attorney David C. Joseph issued the following statement,

“A suspect has been identified in connection with the three church burnings in Opelousas, Louisiana, and is in state custody. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, ATF, and FBI are working with
state and local law enforcement and stand shoulder -to- shoulder with the victims and those St. Landry Parish residents affected by these despicable acts. A special thanks to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Louisiana State Fire Marshal, H. “Butch” Browning Jr., Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Cybercrime Unit, the Louisiana State Police, and the Florida State Fire Marshal for working seamlessly with federal law enforcement agents in this investigation.”

Tomorrow, Gov. John Bel Edwards will join Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning as well as local, state and federal law enforcement officials in Opelousas to provide an update on the fires that burned three historically African-American churches in St. Landry Parish over the span of 10 days.

NEWS15 will bring you live coverage of the of the press conference via and the News 15 mobile app.


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