Police say suspect robbed, shot neighbor, shot officer; mom killed
FRANKLINTON — Authorities early Friday arrested a 20-year-old Franklinton man who allegedly robbed and shot his neighbor, then barricaded himself in his mobile home, shot a police officer and set the home on fire.
Authorities took Christopher Rashad Dillon, of 624 16th Ave., into custody after Dillon tried to escape out of a window of the burning mobile home, State Police Trooper Greg Marchand said.
Inside the mobile home, authorities found the body of Dillon’s mother, 44-year-old Robin Dillon, who died from an apparent gunshot wound.
Police were alerted around 8:45 p.m. Thursday after Dillon allegedly approached Terry Partman at Partman’s home at 519 16th Ave., at the corner of Lenora Street, and robbed him at gunpoint, Franklinton Police Chief Donald Folse said.
Partman told officers that Dillon had asked him for money, and then shot Partman in the home’s carport when he said he didn’t have any money, Folse said.
Partman was taken to a hospital in New Orleans with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers went down the street to Christopher Dillon’s home, where his mother lived as well, Folse said.
An officer tried to convince Dillon to come outside. As the officer approached the door, Dillon shot him, Folse said.
The bullet ricocheted off the officer’s forearm and hit him in the chest, Marchand said. The officer’s arm injuries aren’t considered life-threatening, and his bulletproof vest stopped the shot to his chest.
Police then called the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office for backup as Dillon remained combative and refused to leave the mobile home, Folse said. Dillon also said he had a hostage inside the home, likely his mother.
The standoff lasted for hours. Authorities later noticed smoke coming out of the home and realized a fire had been set. Authorities arrested Dillon as he tried to escape through a window because of the intense smoke, Marchand said.
Dillon was booked into the Washington Parish Detention Center on two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer because the bullet hit the officer twice, attempted first-degree murder of the neighbor, aggravated arson and armed robbery, Marchand said. Other counts are possible.
Scott Ard, chief investigator for the Washington Parish Coroner’s Office, said authorities found a body in the home later identified as Robin Dillon.
The Coroner’s Office determined she died of a single gunshot wound and did not have smoke in her lungs, Ard said.
State Police are investigating the incident because of the fire and the fact an officer was shot, Folse said.
On Friday afternoon, Franklinton police were at Partman’s house, scanning the area for evidence. Police also scanned Dillon’s charred home about a block away.
Someone left stuffed animals and balloons at Dillon’s home in an apparent sign of good wishes.
Neighbors on Friday described Dillon as a quiet but strange man who didn’t interact much with neighbors.
“He’s always to himself,” said Kathlyn Magee, 29, who lives on 16th Avenue between Partman’s and Dillon’s homes.
Magee said Dillon was a quiet person and she didn’t hear much from him.
Catherine Lee, 64, Partman’s next-door neighbor, also said she knew little about Dillon. She said she would only see him in his yard while driving home from work.
“He stayed to himself,” she said. “He didn’t mingle with people.”
Lee said she was home when Partman was shot and robbed. She heard what sounded like an explosion and looked outside her back window but didn’t see anything, she said.
She said she sat on her couch for a while and later saw flashing police lights outside Partman’s home. An officer later told her the sound she heard was gunfire.
Lee said Partman is a nice man who worked three jobs to support his family. She said he has a lovely wife and three children.
“He’s a real special person,” she said.
Advocate staff writer Faimon A. Roberts III contributed to this report.