West Feliciana and Zachary fire captain drove 19 1/2 hours to commit suicide, wife found dead

Durango, CO (PPN) – Wilkinson County Police Department issued a warrant for West Feliciana Parish and Zachary fire captain and murder suspect in connection with the shooting death of his wife over the weekend.

Rudolf Shoats worked full-time for Zachary Fire Department (ZFD) and part-time for West Feliciana Fire Department (WFFD). The 13-year veteran of ZFD was a no call no show Sunday and Monday for his shifts at WFFD.

Authorities searched for Captain Rudolf “Rudi” Shoats, 45, but was unable to locate him until a tip came in Monday from Colorado. Shoats murdered his wife at their residence and fled the state.

Khristie Rollins Shoats, 45, was found dead around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in the passenger seat of her car at the 800 block of Carter Loop Road in Woodville, Mississippi from a single gunshot wound to her head, according to the Advocate newspaper.

Colorado detectives contacted Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Department and reported Shoats committed suicide at 12:27 p.m. in Mercy Regional Medical Center’s parking lot. He shot himself one time in the head causing his 2008 white Ford F-150 to accelerate off a 15-foot to 20-foot retaining metal wall and land upside down in a delivery dock.

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“It appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Durango PD spokesman Cmdr. Ray Shupe. “They’re still investigating why he stopped at Mercy and did it there in the parking lot.”

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Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald Jackson said the employees that identified Shoats heard a gunshot right after he pulled into the parking lot.


This is a developing story.

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