26-year-old man arrested in Northshore domestic homicide

"Horrible and violent scene," sheriff says

Chris Miller
April 17, 2020 - 5:14 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with a domestic-related homicide that happened overnight in Lacomb. 

Investigators say Fernando Cortez called 911 shortly before 4:15 a.m. and reported that he had stabbed his girlfriend and himself in an altercation at their residence in the 27000 block of Charlotte Street.

"Responding deputies located the mutilated body of a deceased female inside the residence," the sheriff's office said. 

"Cortez was still at the residence when deputies arrived, and he became combative, forcing deputies to use non-life-threatening means to subdue him," according to authorities. "Once in custody, he was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for non-life threatening stab wounds to his face and shoulder area. Cortez told deputies his stab wounds were self-inflicted."

"This was a horrible and violent scene. This man is a monster, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased," said Sheriff Randy Smith, calling the crime an example of domestic violence at its worst.

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