The family of an abducted Louisiana woman rescued her and killed her abductor Friday, according to news reports.
Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped Wednesday by Scott Thomas, 29, as she picked their child up from daycare, police said.
Police and family members in Lafayette Parish began searching for her immediately.
Her family found her first.
Video on The Advertiser website shows a group of armed men on ATVs surrounding the abandoned house and Arceneaux crying after being rescued.
Police said the family was searching the area and heard a woman scream. About a half-dozen men kicked in the door of the house and confronted Scott, who began stabbing Arceneaux, police said.
What happened next is not clear, police said, but gunfire erupted and police that arrived at the scene found Scott dead from injuries sustained during the confrontation.
Police said it appeared family members were acting in defense of Arceneaux so they may not face criminal charges.
The woman’s brother didn’t apologize for his family’s actions.
“We did what we had to do. We did not wait for authorities. We did it our own self,” said Harold Carter, Arceneaux’s older brother.
Police say Arceneaux filed a complaint against Thomas June 15, alleging he locked her in a house and threatened to kill both her and the child.
“Since then, Scott has been riding around my mom’s house and my work looking for me. I am afraid for me and my son’s life,” Arceneaux wrote in the complaint.
A protective order was issued June 17. Thomas was arrested Aug. 8 for violating that order and was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated flight from an officer, according to The Advertiser.