Police: Gun battle led to Bay St. Louis man’s death

Police: Gun battle led to Bay St. Louis man’s death

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis investigators spent the overnight hours searching for evidence linked to a deadly gun battle.

Raymond John Estapa, 36, died around 1 a.m. from multiple gunshot wounds.

Estapa was discovered near a porch on Ulman Avenue in Bay St. Louis. He lived in the Bay, but the coroner said Ulman Avenue was not his home address.

Officers say their preliminary investigation shows the two men knew each other, and that a physical fight led to the shooting. Police Chief Gary Pointhieux noted that the man was armed with a baseball bat during the fight. Chief Ponthieux does not expect any arrests in the case as “there are indications that his was a case of self-defense.”

However, any and all evidence will be investigated by a grand jury, which will have final say on whether charges are filed, Ponthieux said.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Bay St. Louis Police Department at (228) 467-9222. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com or by telephone at 1-877-787-5898. You can also text CSTIP plus your message to 274637(CRIMES).

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