In what sounds like the plot from a summer blockbuster, an escaped inmate has been shot and killed by police. The story has a more tragic twist. Before he was killed, the escaped prisoner took a warden’s teenage daughter hostage and then murdered her and dumped her body in the woods.
Deltra Henderson, age 39, escaped from the David Wade Correctional Center in Homer, Louisiana on Thursday. It is unclear when he escaped, but his absence was noted about 1:40 PM. After his escape, he stole a car. The local TBS affiliate reported the car was found wrecked near the facility.
It is believed that Amanda Leigh Carney, 19, was in that car. Carney, a 2017 graduate of Summerfield High School, was found stabbed in a wooded area on the prison grounds. Her mother worked at the prison, her father is an assistant warden, and the family lived on the prison grounds.
After killing Carney, Henderson returned to the prison to steal another car. He crashed that, too.
The manhunt began. Officers from the Department of Corrections, the Louisiana State Police, and Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s deputies began combing the area. He was discovered in a nearby trailer where he had barricaded himself. The negotiations for his surrender were fruitless, and Henderson began shooting at officers.
Officers on scene returned fire, killing him.
Henderson had been incarcerated at the Wade Correctional Center since June 4, 2001. He was scheduled for release on March 28, 2025. He was serving time for possession of cocaine and robbery.
“Our hearts hurt today as we grieve, and mourn the loss of one of our own,” said James M. Le Blanc of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
“This is a dark day for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young lady, David Wade staff, and all those affected by this tragedy.”
“I am extremely proud of our staff for their outstanding dedication and professionalism as well as their strength and rapid response in handling this tragic situation. We’re thankful for our law enforcement partners, Louisiana State Police and the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, for their tremendous response and support.”