- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

BAYOU L’OURSE, La. (AP) - Two Assumption Parish men have been killed by an intruder who then took his own life.

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack tells the Daily Comet (https://bit.ly/1nMfQbY) that Mark Massoletti, 52, and son Michael Massoletti, 23, were killed while struggling with William Powers.

Authorities say the 32-year-old Powers, who lived across the street, entered the unlocked Massoletti home and attacked the elder Massoletti in his bed just after 4 a.m. Monday.

Massoletti’s girlfriend awakened the son and his wife. The wife ran to a neighbor’s house and called police, while the Massoletti men and girlfriend struggled with Powers.

Mark and Michael Massoletti were killed, while the girlfriend suffered minor injuries. Waguespack says Powers shot himself with a small caliber rifle.

It’s possible, Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy Robert Martin told Nola.com ‘ The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1nqsTUx) that Powers entered the home unarmed. The victims owned a number of knives, swords and guns, some of which may have been on display and could have possibly been used in the deadly incident.

The father’s and son’s bodies had numerous cuts and lacerations but their bodies and Powers‘ have been sent to New Orleans for autopsies and determinations of the causes of the deaths.

The wife and the girlfriend were taken to an area hospital with minor injuries and were expected to be released Monday, Waguespack said.

Waguespack told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1tf62sr) in an interview that his investigators are trying to determine what prompted the attack by Powers and said there appeared to be no immediate incidents leading up the slaying the previous day or night.

But the sheriff said neighbors told investigators that about a week and a half ago, the elder Massoletti told Powers that if he stepped past a row of flags in his front yard, Powers was “going to have a problem.”

Waguespack said deputies arrested Powers Dec. 7 on simple battery, disturbing the peace, battery on an officer and resisting an officer counts, for which he was later convicted. Powers was sentenced to six months in Assumption Parish Detention Center and released May 7 after serving his time.

“He’s somebody certainly, we have had some dealings with in the past and has had some issues,” Waguespack said.

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