Ark-La-Tex crime spree suspect kills himself in Oklahoma City

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Police say the last 24 hours of Stephen Salsbury's life included a bank robbery, homicide, kidnapping, and 2 carjackings before he killed himself Friday in Oklahoma City. Police believe suspicion his wife cheated on him with her ex led 26-year-old Salsbury to break into a West Monroe apartment.

When he didn't find the man, detectives say he carjacked a woman in the parking lot and drove her vehicle to Chase Bank where he stole a small amount of money. However, they don't think he went there for the money. The man he wanted to find worked at the bank.

Salsbury then went to a Brookshires in West Monroe where police believe he killed a man who wouldn't give him a ride. From there they think he went to Union County, Arkansas where he tried but failed to carjack another victim.

Law Enforcement considered him armed and very dangerous.

"He had access to an AK-47 assault rifle and he also had access to a 40 caliber pistol," said U.S. Marshal Henry Whitehorne.

Then Salsbury kidnapped a Webster Parish Sheriff's dispatcher in Springhill, Louisiana. She escaped, but her stole her car. Thursday night law enforcement in Bossier Parish enacted a manhunt because they received information that he might be in the area.

"We put our bloodhounds on alert. We had the SWAY team out. Trying to cover as much territory as we possibly could," said Ed Baswell with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Department.

Friday morning, Bossier Parish schools were still on alert status, and investigators continued looking for Salsbury because they weren't sure where he was.

Just after 11 a.m. they received a call. The U.S. Marshals found him in Oklahoma City where he shot and killed himself.

"The chase is over. The hunt is over. How unfortunate it is that a loss of life has happened as a result of this young man's decision," said Cordell Williams with the LA State Police.

Investigators don't think Salsbury hurt or killed anyone else, but they are still investigating the case at this time.

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