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Addis, Louisiana cop David Cauthron chases Tyquel Zanders, hits car of Liam Dunn, Maggie Dunn, Caroline Gill

Tyquel Zanders, 24, of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana allegedly stole his father’s 2016 Nissan Altima from the car owner’s home in Baton Rouge on December 31, 2022. Zanders was not welcome in the home.

Shortly after, Baton Rouge Police Department officers caught up to the stolen car and began a pursuit. During the pursuit, Zanders ran multiple red lights.

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Shortly before 12:30 p.m., as Zanders was being chased by authorities through Brusly, West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, a police car in pursuit of him crashed into another vehicle carrying Liam Dunn, 20, Maggie Dunn, 17, and Caroline Gill, 16. The police car was driven by David Cauthron, 42, who works for police in the community of Addis, West Baton Rouge Parish.

Maggie and Gill were pronounced dead while Liam was taken to a hospital in critical condition. They were heading to a store and had nothing to do with the car stolen by Zanders.

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Zanders was charged with home invasion, theft of a vehicle and aggravated flight. He also faces two counts each of manslaughter in the deaths of Maggie and Gill.

Both Maggie and Gill were students and cheerleaders at Brusly High School in Brusly. Maggie is the younger sister of Liam, a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana.

On January 1, 2023, Cauthron was arrested and charged with one count of negligent injuring and two counts of negligent homicide. He is currently on administrative leave and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Cauthron previously worked at the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office in New Roads, Louisiana. In February 2022, he joined the Addis Police Department.

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