BR murder suspect reportedly killed himself during shootout in W. Virginia

Authorities say a man wanted for allegedly killing his child’s mother in Baton Rouge is believed to have killed himself during a police shootout in West Virginia.

Da’ja Davis

Police started the search for Da’ja Davis’ killer at around 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 when police found her dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the passenger seat of a car on Shelley Street. Sources say the vehicle’s door was wide open with the engine still running. The car was in front of an abandoned home, which made someone call the police.

Officials say the 28-year-old mother’s body was found after one of her kids wasn’t picked up from daycare that evening.


According to police, Davis’ boyfriend, Napoleon Crane, allegedly killed Davis and left the state in a stolen car with their 6-month-old daughter.

At around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, Louisiana law enforcement officials contacted the West Virginia State Police and informed them that Crane, who was wanted for murder and child abduction was in West Virginia.

Law enforcement located Crane’s vehicle on I-77 in Mercer County. When Troopers attempted to make a traffic stop, Crane reportedly got out of the vehicle and started shooting. West Virginia State Police had initially reported Crane died in the shootout with law enforcement, but he apparently killed himself in the exchange.

Troopers found the baby unharmed in the back seat. No one else was hurt.

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