Slidell Police Investigate Three Overnight Shootings, Leaving One Dead


Slidell Police are investigating three overnight shootings, leaving one dead, one in critical condition, and one in stable condition; all believing to be related.

Late last night (Thursday, November 8, 2018) around 10:15 p.m., Slidell Police responded to a suspected drug overdose involving a 43-year-old female on Gwen Drive in Slidell. At some point, the son of the deceased female, 29-year-old, Joshua Cox, was told of his mother’s death and asked his wife to drive him to the hospital in order to see her. While on the way to the hospital, Joshua Cox and his wife got into an argument, resulting in Cox shooting his wife once in the chest. Cox dropped his wife off at Slidell Memorial Hospital and fled the scene. The victim is currently in stable condition and is expected to survive.

Several hours later, around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018, Slidell Police responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment complex on Lee Street in Slidell. Surprisingly, Slidell Police found Joshua Cox (the original suspect of the first shooting) lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Cox was rushed to the hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition. The person responsible for shooting Cox has been identified and is currently cooperating with the investigation.

In an unexpected twist, during the course of the investigation at the apartment complex on Lee Street, Slidell Police located the body of an unknown male inside of a vehicle, who apparently suffered from a gunshot wound. Investigators believe the incidents are all related, however, the investigation is still on-going.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “This is a very complex investigation with a lot of moving parts. At this time, we believe all suspects, including their whereabouts, have been identified. Our investigators are still piecing together all events that happened last night and early this morning. We will release more details as soon as we are able to do so.”

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