ZACHARY, La. — A Louisiana fire captain who was wanted for killing his wife in Mississippi was found dead in Colorado.
News outlets report that 48-year-old Rudolf “Rudi” Shoats was accused of killing his wife, 45-year-old Khristie Rollins Shoats, on Sunday.
Wilkinson County, Mississippi, Sheriff Reginald Jackson says Rudolf pulled into an emergency parking lot in Durango, Colorado, on Monday. Jackson says shortly after he arrived, employees heard a gunshot and Shoats’ vehicle went down a cliff and flipped. He says Rudolf died from a single gunshot to the head.
Authorities say officers found Khristie’s body in the passenger seat of her vehicle at her Woodville, Mississippi residence on Sunday. She had a gunshot wound to the head.
Rudolf was a 13-year veteran of the Zachary Fire Department in Louisiana.