BREAKING: Westside Standoff ends without bloodshed
A distraught man with a gun gave himself up shortly after 1:20 a.m. Wednesday after holding Terrebonne Parish deputies at bay for more than seven hours, during which he remained inside a Westside Boulevard apartment.
The man, whose identity was not immediately released by officials, exited the Westside Boulevard apartment shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday with his hands up and visible, and he was quickly taken into custody.
TPSO Chief of Detectives Malcolm Wolfe said deputies responded at around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday to a domestic violence call at 134 Westside, a duplex style apartment building near a bingo hall, and in sight of popular stores including a Walmart market and Cannata’s supermarket.
When deputies arrived they learned that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the apartment.
“Detectives and hostage negotiators communicated with the suspect for a while before the SWAT team was activated,” Wolfe said at around 10 a.m. “Detectives are currently communicating with the suspect trying to get him to surrender peacefully.”
A woman who was believed to have been the victim was not reported injured, and nobody else was inside the apartment.
Deputies re-routed traffic to keep the area where they were operating clear and maintain a public safety perimeter. Throughout the night detectives and negotiators kept their cool despite their subject’s vacillation.
At various points the gunman expressed a desire to harm himself, at other times a desire to have the cops do it for him, and at others a plan for exit.