Fire Captain Found Dead

A Louisiana fire captain who was wanted for killing his wife in Mississippi has been found dead in western Colorado.

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 on Monday. Jackson says shortly after he arrived, nearby workers heard a gunshot and saw Shoats’ vehicle go over a cliff and roll. 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 too had been shot.

Rudolf was a 13-year veteran of the Zachary Fire Department in Louisiana.