Tory Sanders, 35, of Marrero, and Byron Price, 26, of St. Rose, got into an argument during what police describe as a drug deal.
Drug deal gone bad: Driver and passenger shot each other dead in front seat before crashing into Marrero house, JPSO says
Sanders and Price were found inside a Buick Lacrosse that crashed into a house in the 1900 block of Gladstone Drive Friday around 8:25 p.m. The pair died from gunshot wounds, Fortunato said Saturday.Sadly, the police report doesn't specify the model numbers, so we don't know if Price had a full-size Model 22, a compact Model 23 or a sub-compact Model 27. Likewise, we don't know if Sanders' Smith and Wesson was a full-size or compact M&P or one of Smith's countless older models. But we do know one thing: Both performed as advertised in this impromptu shooting competition, and two criminals assumed room temperature shortly thereafter. The clear winner: The law-abiding citizens who live in their area and the taxpayers who no longer have to pay to deal with these two fools.
Evidence at the scene suggests a drug transaction went awry and Sanders and Price fired on each other, Fortunato said. Sanders was in the driver's seat, while Price was in the passenger's seat, Fortunato said.
Authorities recovered a .40-caliber, semi-automatic Glock from Price's hand, which had been reported stolen in March 2014. Police also found a "substantial amount'' of marijuana in a large plastic bag tucked under Price's arm, Fortunato said.
A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun was found in Sanders seat. Police recovered numerous spent shell casings and projectiles inside of the vehicle.
Price has criminal history including arrests for illegal use of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, illegal possession of stolen firearms, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and disturbing the peace by fighting, Fortunato said.
Sanders criminal record includes an arrest for marijuana.
It's also reported that, when news of their deaths first broke, both Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson purchased first-class airline tickets to rush to the scene, but they canceled their travel plans just as soon as they found out that there were no white police officers involved.