MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a Hammond man they say pointed a gun at his girlfriend, barricaded himself inside a house and set the house on fire.
Investigators say it all started at 3 a.m. Thursday morning when 46-year-old Stephen Abdalla showed up at a house in the 200 block of Evangeline Drive in the Beau Chene subdivision.
When deputies got to the scene, they found a woman outside who said her boyfriend, Abdalla, pointed a .357 revolver at her and barricaded himself inside.
When deputies tried to talk to him, they say he refused, locked himself inside, waved a firearm and began destroying the home.
SWAT team members were called and began negotiating with Abdalla.
Investigators say after a couple of hours, Abdalla was "talking out of his head" and then set the house on fire. Police say the SWAT team was sent in to stop Abdalla from hurting himself or others. They say Abdalla threw himself through a window in an effort to get away, but he was quickly arrested.
The fire caused minimal damage to the home.
Abdalla is being treated at a hospital for lacerations. When he's released, he will be taken to the St. Tammany Parish jail and booked with aggravated assault with a firearm, felony criminal damage and simple arson.
St. Tammany Parish authorities say the investigation is ongoing and Abdalla could face additional charges.