9-hour standoff ends in arrest of Abita Springs man
St. Tammany sheriff says deputies were initially called in to assist bail bondsman attempting to arrest the suspect
ABITA SPRINGS, La. (WVUE) - An Abita Springs man is behind bars following a nine-hour standoff that ended early Tuesday (Sept. 13) morning.
“We understand that many people were temporarily inconvenienced last night. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we worked to ensure the safety of all residents,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “As always, the safety of our residents is our top priority, and I am pleased the deputies on scene and the members of our SWAT team were able to take the suspect into custody safely and without any injury to him, any neighbors, or our deputies.”
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office says that a SWAT roll was conducted at a residence on Barque Place for an incident that began at 5:15 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a request for assistance from a bail bondsman that was attempting to arrest the suspect on a warrant.
Throughout the night, the deputies negotiated with Quinton Richard, 48, who had been refusing to leave the home for several hours. Richard allegedly pulled s gun on the bail bondsman and barricaded himself with multiple firearms.
After talks broke down, deputies attempted to use chemical munitions but Richard still refused to leave. SWAT members were able to move in after monitoring Richard through a surveillance camera, eventually discovering that he had fallen asleep sometime before 2 a.m.
Richard was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail for resisting arrest, aggravated assault, and three counts of failure to appear in court
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