Arrest made after school lockdown incident
A 39-year-old Larose man is charged with domestic abuse after an incident that caused two local schools to be briefly placed on lockdown on Tuesday.
Authorities said after investigating a precautionary lockdown at Larose-Cut Off Middle School, deputies and detectives learned that Dennis Wainwright Jr., 39, of Larose was the suspect allegedly behind the situation.
Authorities said they learned through investigation that Wainwright was agitated on Tuesday and sent text messages to his children that caused his wife to be concerned.
According to authorities, his wife then went to the residence to check on him and upon arrival, she observed that he was holding a rifle.
The woman tried to calm the situation, but Wainwright allegedly because more agitated and committed battery on her, before leaving the scene.
As he left, the man allegedly told the woman he was going pick up his kids from school.
At approximately 1:55 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, LPSO got a call saying that Wainwright was allegedly traveling to the school with a gun.
LCO officials moved quick and locked down the school. South Larose Elementary also locked its doors, as that school borders LCO.
Several deputies responded to both LCO and Wainwright’s residence.
Authorities then learned that the suspect was actually no longer in possession of the weapon before leaving for the school.
At 2:45 p.m., deputies made contact with the suspect when he returned home, and he was taken for questioning.
At this point, the lockdown was lifted on both schools.
After questioning, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Wainwright on charges of domestic abuse battery.
He was taken to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and is held on a $25,000 bond.