GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Gonzales Police Officers executed a search warrant On Tuesday, December 2 to arrest a man who made threatening telephone calls to Gonzales City Hall. What they found was a man wearing full body armor with a large knife strapped to his chest, a Kevlar helmet with a plastic face shield, camouflage pants and shirt, and was holding a can of pepper spray.
Police say 29-year-old Brandon Gibbs associates with both Oath Keepers and Sovereign Citizens.
When officers arrived at his home, they advised Gibbs he had an active warrant for his arrest, and if he didn't come to the door a search warrant would be executed to enter his home.
Officials with the Gonzales Police Department say Gibbs opened the door a few inches and demanded to see the officer's hands.
Officers began backing away from the door, not knowing if Gibbs had any weapons. One officer advised Gibbs to step out of the doorway and after a few minutes, he did so. It was at this time that all officers noticed what he was wearing.
Reports say Gibbs refused all commands to drop the pepper spray and to step away from the door. Gibbs began to approach one of the officers with the pepper spray. Another officer commanded Gibbs to get on the ground. Gibbs refused and began to put the pepper spray in his left front pocket.
As the officer had the attention of Gibbs, a third officer sprayed a departmental issued chemical under the face shield that Gibbs was wearing.
Minimum force was used to subdue Gibbs as he was disarmed by the third officer and taken in to custody.
Gibbs told officers he had knives in his house and that officers were free to search his property. Gibbs also told him he was smoking marijuana and that it could be found in his bedroom.
Gibbs was charged with four counts of attempted aggravated battery, resisting an officer, possession of schedule I CDS, illegal possession of body armor in the presence of narcotics and improper telephone communications.
Gibbs was taken to the Ascension Parish Jail, where he still remains. His total bond is $13,064.50.