Man charged with attempted murder after six-hour standoff with police

Casey Lanns (Source: EBRSO)
Casey Lanns (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man is charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly fired multiple shots during standoff with police that lasted more than six hours.

According to the probable cause report submitted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, officers were called out to an apartment located in the 9900 block of Avenue J on Friday, May 11.

The initial call was from a female who claims Casey Lanns, 38, threatened her with a gun. Police responded at roughly 10 a.m. and spoke to the woman.

"The victim advised that [Lanns] began talking in an irrational manner and was angry with her for an unknown reason," states the report. "The victim advised that [he] told her 'I am going to make you famous' and then armed himself with a black and brown gun."

The woman says she became afraid that Lanns would hurt her, so she fought with him for the gun. She managed to get the gun and tossed it under a bed. That's when she was able to escape unharmed.

At this point Lanns refused to come out of the apartment and SWAT was called out.

"[I] later interviewed [Lanns]… [who] claimed that he did not do anything wrong," states the report. "[Lanns] got scared when he saw police outside of the apartment so he did not want to exit. [He] stated he was a Lieutenant with the Black Panther party and his actions were due to his beliefs and mistrust of the police."

During the standoff, Lanns made several phone calls, including one to the WAFB newsroom, and talked with negotiators. Warrants were issued for his arrest by Judge Trudy White.

"After hours of failed negotiations, four East Baton rouge Sheriff's Deputy SWAT members took position at the entrance of the apartment and attempted to make forced entry," states the report. "[Lanns] fired approximately ten shots from inside of the apartment with some of the rounds penetrating the door where the SWAT team was attempting to enter the apartment."

At this point SWAT backed down and chemical agents were tossed into the apartment. That's when Lanns came out and was placed under arrest.

During a search of the apartment, police claim to have found MDMA pills in the toilet, multiple empty plastic bags and bottles in the bathroom. They say this is "consistent with narcotics activity and distribution."

"[Lanns] refused to answer questions about the narcotics located in the bathroom of the apartment and advised that he did not want to incriminate himself," states the report.

Lanns is facing charges for attempted first-degree murder of a police officer (four counts), illegal use of a weapon, obstruction of justice, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, and schedule I CDS. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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