Westside standoff persists

Negotiations continue with a man believed to be armed

A distraught man barricaded himself inside an apartment near a busy Houma shopping area Tuesday after deputies responded to a domestic violence complaint.

As of 10 p.m. negotiations were continuing attempts to make the man surrender, said Maj. Malcolm Wolfe, chief of detectives for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“He is believed to be armed with a handgun,” said Wolfe, who confirmed that a SWAT team was also mobilized near the Westside Boulevard apartment.

Wolfe said that at 6:40 p.m. deputies responded to 134 Westside Blvd. in reference to the domestic violence complaint.

When they 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. “Detectives are currently communicating with the suspect trying to get him to surrender peacefully.”

A woman who was believed to have been the victim concerning the initial call was not reported injured, and nobody else was inside the apartment.

The location is close to Cannata’s supermarket and a newly opened Walmart store, both of which draw cars even late in the evening. A bingo hall where games were being held is also nearby. Several densely populated apartment complexes are located in the general vicinity. Deputies re-routed traffic to keep the area where they were operating clear and maintain a public safety perimeter.

The man has not yet been identified publicly.

The Times will provide updates as more information is provided.

Westside standoff