Dispatcher may be disciplined for response time to standoff

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A Sheriff's Office dispatcher may be disciplined for what happened leading to Tuesday night's standoff at a Denham Springs apartment complex.

Sheriff Jason Ard says he is reviewing the way a 911 call was handled and may discipline one of his dispatchers. Sheriff Ard says someone called the Sheriff's Office around 5:15 p.m. to report gunshots at the Live Oak Trace Apartments.

More than 20 minutes passed before deputies were dispatched to the scene. Ard says the dispatcher did not process the call with the necessary urgency.

Investigators said the man barricaded himself inside the apartment and refused to surrender.

The standoff continued for a few hours with no progress from the negotiations and witnesses said additional shots were fired from inside the unit. A SWAT team fired tear gas into the apartment around 9:15 p.m. and the suspect was taken into custody.

According to LPSO, the suspect apparently shot himself in the face and was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge by ambulance. Investigators said he is listed in stable condition. His name has not been released.

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