BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man Monday morning who said he wanted to die by suicide by cop, according to officers.
Police say officers saw a vehicle driving reckless in the 4200 block of Prescott Road. The vehicle drove over a curb and into a fence.
The driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Joshua Parker, got out of the vehicle and appeared agitated as he walked towards an apartment with what appeared to be a black assault weapon in his hand, according to police.
Officers approached Parker and told him to put down the weapon. Parker refused and approached officers in an "aggressive manner" and told them "Y'all are going to have to shoot me" as he pointed the weapon in all directions. Officers were able to convince Parker to put the weapon down and he was arrested.
Police say Parker physically abused a woman before coming in contact with the officers, and he wanted police to kill him. Officers later learned the weapon Parker was brandishing was a pellet gun.
Parker was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of reckless operation, aggravated assault on police, possession of alcohol, domestic abuse battery, switched plate and expired MVI.
He is being held on a $32,000 bond.