Patterson man found shot to death in Opelousas (updated)
Family members of Keith Trosclair are questioning police reports he took his own life on a roadway in Opelousas on the day before Christmas.
The Opelousas Daily World reported today that Deborah Foster of Franklin, whose daughter is married to Trosclair’s brother, said Trosclair was a happy young man who was excited about Christmas. She told the Daily World there is no way he would have taken his own life and is calling for a full-scale investigation.
“I don’t want this to be a slap-dash affair. They are brushing this off because it was Christmas,” said Foster, who said she is asking the state’s Attorney General’s Office to launch its own investigation.
Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow said he can understand the family’s feeling concerning the tragic death of a loved one, but said police are confident of the ruling of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He also said there was nothing “slap-dash” about the investigation and offered to meet with the family to review the evidence in the case.
Trosclair, 28, was last seen alive by his cousin, who joined Trosclair to watch a movie in his apartment in Patterson starting at 1 a.m. that morning, the newspaper reported. His body was found at 6:41 a.m. The drive between Patterson and Opelousas is about 1½ hours.
His body was found inside his car on the Interstate 49 on-ramp of the Harry Guilbeau exit in Opelousas. His car showed signs of having been struck hard from behind by another vehicle. There were three bullet holes in the front window and the words “slow down” handwritten across the back window.
The most telling thing to Foster is those words.
“He was fastidious, especially about his car. There is no way he would have written that,” said Foster, who argues he might have died as a result of someone else’s road rage. “Something is not right,” she told The Daily World.
The fact that a gun was found inside the car doesn’t surprise her. She said he had taken up a new hobby and was adding to his gun collection.
“What I want to know is what happened first — the accident or the shooting,” said Foster, who argued that if he did indeed shoot himself, why were there three bullet holes in the window.
That is a question Gallow said he cannot answer, but said all three bullet holes were from shots fired from inside the car.
“They were all exiting the vehicle. None were going in,” Gallow said. “All the bullet holes were consistent with the weapon he had.”
Gallow said, while he is confident of the Acadiana Crime Lab’s pathologist ruling, the case remains under investigation. The driver of the vehicle that struck Trosclair’s car has been identified and Gallow said Wednesday afternoon officers were meeting with the driver at that time.
“We are also looking at other evidence both prior to and post accident,” Gallow said.
ramp to a road that ends just east of the interstate.