Woman accused of shooting husband after fight

Euphoria Beauchamp Show caption
Euphoria Beauchamp

Shooting occurred as couple traveled Airline Highway

Baton Rouge police arrested the woman late Monday who admitted to fatally shooting her husband Saturday morning, claiming he had beaten her. Authorities said they could find no evidence of abuse.

Euphoria Beauchamp, 50, told detectives her husband, Noel Beauchamp, 56, hit her several times while driving north on Airline Highway after 8:30 a.m. Saturday, so she pulled a handgun she kept in her purse and shot him several times in the neck and face, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Detectives saw no bruising or injuries she might have sustained in the type of beating she described, so they arrested Euphoria Beauchamp, 2627 Cedar Ave., Baton Rouge, and booked her into Parish Prison after 10 p.m. Monday on a count of second-degree murder, the affidavit says.

Before booking her, detectives took her to a local hospital where she was examined for any trauma indicative of a beating that was not obvious to the detectives, the affidavit says.

Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said that was a precautionary move to make sure there were no signs of trauma they might have overlooked.

During questioning Monday afternoon, Beauchamp, with her attorney sitting beside her, told detectives her husband was upset with her when he picked her up Saturday morning because she stayed overnight at someone else’s home, the affidavit says.

During the ride home, she said, he began hitting her.

That is when she pulled out the handgun and shot him in the neck and face, the affidavit says.

Coppola said Beauchamp did not mention to detectives if she fought back or immediately went for the handgun when her husband allegedly began hitting her.

Someone called 911, the affidavit does not say whom, and East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived about 8:40 a.m. to find Noel Beauchamp slouched, lifeless in the driver’s seat of his white flatbed Dodge truck in the middle of one of the northbound lanes in the 5300 block of Airline Highway.

Detectives sought to question Euphoria Beauchamp after the shooting, but she would not speak to them without her attorney, the affidavit says.

So they scheduled an interview for 3 p.m. Monday when her attorney could attend.

Coppola said they do not have any previous reports of domestic violence against Noel or Euphoria Beauchamp.

Also, online court records do not indicate any previous instances of domestic violence between the two.

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