FRANKLINTON, La. – Neighbors of a Franklinton woman who was found shot to death inside a burned-out trailer Friday morning say they are not surprised.
The victim’s son is now in custody, and two others were wounded after a quiet night on a Franklinton Street turned to mayhem.
“This is like too close,” said resident Nina Dillon. “This is in my mom’s backyard.”
Police say 20-year-old Christopher Dillon went down the street Thursday night and shot a neighbor in the arm as he tried to rob him.
Dillon then ran to the trailer he shared with his mother, 42-year-old Robin Dillon.
When he got back to the trailer, police rushed in, and Dillon emerged from a hallway carrying a gun. He fired at officer Chad Dorsett, striking him in the chest and the arm. The officer’s bulletproof vest protected him from serious injury.
Then the trailer caught fire, and as the flames raged, Dillon jumped out of a window, and was captured. After the fire, authorities went inside, and made a grisly discovery.
“When they entered, they found a body in the bed in the back bedroom,” said Washington Parish Chief Deputy Mike Haley.
Robin Dillon was dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Authorities say the incident began around 10 p.m. Thursday night, when 20-year-old Christopher Dillon tried to rob his neighbor for cash, then shot him in the arm. That man is still recovering in a New Orleans hospital.
The second scene then started at the suspect’s home after he ran almost a football field away after the armed robbery and shooting down the street.
‘Police officers approached the residence, saw the door somewhat, not all the way closed, yelled for somebody to identify themselves, they went in and said they could smell gunpowder,’ said Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Greg Marchand, ‘They could see one hand and not the other, he said he was surrendering. As he made the corner of the hallway, he brandished a weapon, shot one time. It went through the trailer wall and hit an officer.’
Dillon was pulled from the burning home and arrested, but once the fire was out, the body of his mother, 44-year-old Robin Dillon, was discovered. The coroner’s office says she died from a single gunshot wound.
Franklinton Police say they had been called to the home several times for domestic issues between the mother and son. The Dillon’s family lives in Mississippi and Robin’s father told a neighbor she was his only child.