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PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) -
Tangipahoa Parish Deputies were called to a home in the 23000 block of
Highway 22 east in Ponchatoula, LA after the homeowner reported he had the
aggravated burglary suspect at gunpoint.
According to the homeowner, the aggravated burglar, 20-year-old Richard
Falcon Stewart Jr., was wearing the homeowners clothing and had several of the homeowner's
firearms in tote.
According to deputies, the homeowner had Stewart at gunpoint when he told
the homeowner that he was not going back to jail. That is when Stewart drew a
pistol from his jacket and shot at the homeowner. The homeowner returned fire
and shot Stewart in the buttocks.
Stewart then ran into the wooded area.
Deputy Matt Dean and K9 Nitro arrived on scene shortly thereafter. The
deputies and K-9 Nitro found Stewart a short while later in a wooded area. They
were able to subdue Stewart who was still armed.
Stewart had a single gunshot wound to the buttocks area. He was transported
to NOMC where he was treated and released.
In addition to his current charges, it was learned that Stewart was on
Parole for two counts of simple burglary until June 4, 2014. Stewart was booked
on attempted second degree murder, aggravated burglary, and convicted felon in
possession of a firearm charges.