Bethany Arceneaux, who was kidnapped and stabbed, was rescued after a family member shot and killed her abductor, Scott Thomas, in a dramatic rescue operation. However, charges for the murder against the family have been dropped.
Thomas, 29, was tracked to the abandoned building in Duson, Louisiana, where he was keeping Bethany Arceneaux hostage. Thomas is believed to have been stabbing her when the cousin opened fire, fatally wounding him.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s department concluded the cousin acted within Louisiana state law, allowing for the use of deadly force to prevent great bodily harm or death.
Arceneaux, who is recovering in hospital, was pictured drenched in blood, being carried into a car by her uncle Marcus Arcenaux.
The cousin tracked Arceneaux to the abandoned house in only two days. Once there, he saw Bethany through a window – she was in grave danger. He kicked down the door as Taylor began stabbing the 29-year-old mother of his child, and fired several rounds but was not sure if he hit the violent man, he told CNN.
“We kicked doors down. It was like a movie unfolding,” Arceneaux’s brother, Ryan, told the Advertiser. “If we would have waited, she would have been dead.”
Officers instead found Taylor’s body in the home later that evening and have since ruled the shooting justified. It is still under investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.