Bossier City Police including SWAT team members resolved a three and a half hour long standoff Thursday evening with a 51-year-old man, who barricaded himself inside his home in the 1400 block of South Jonquil Street. At approximately 8:30 p.m., police received a call about a man who had stopped his car on the railroad tracks at the Violet Avenue crossing at Barksdale Boulevard and stated he was waiting for a train to come. At some point, the man got out of the car and witnesses pushed his car off the tracks fearing for his safety. The man then got back into his car and drove off. Concerned for his well being, witnesses followed him to his home on South Jonquil Street and notified police.
Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the man through a window, but he refused to come out. Police also learned that there were possibly firearms inside the house. After making several unsuccessful attempts to contact the man by telephone, the SWAT team was called to the scene. People in the two homes on either side of the man’s house were evacuated as a safety precaution. On scene commanders worked to formulate a plan to resolve the situation as safely as possible, while more attempts were made to contact the man and talk him out of the house.
At approximately 12:15 a.m., police deployed tear gas into the house and the man exited through a back door. While SWAT team members took the man into custody, he resisted resulting in a police dog biting the man on the foot.
He was treated at the scene by Bossier City Fire Department personnel and transported to a local hospital in Shreveport to undergo a psychological evaluation. He was not armed and faces no criminal charges. .
From Bossier City Police