SHREVEPORT, La. — Clyde Vidrine, a former aide to Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, was shot to death Tuesday as he left a courthouse with a woman, and deputy marshals arrested her estranged husband.
Vidrine, 48, died in a Shreveport hospital from shotgun wounds several hours after the attack in front of the federal courthouse, authorities said.
James R. Cummings, 35, of Blanchard, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, police said.
Vidrine, who had said he would run for governor in 1987, was with Cummings' estranged wife and 16-year-old son when he was shot.
Witnesses told police that Cummings accosted Vidrine and the two men argued, and that Cummings took a shotgun from his car and fired three rounds. Vidrine, formerly the governor's bodyguard, was hit twice as he tried to run away, police said.