Baker Police Dept. responds to reports of man armed with assault rifle near polling location

Baker Police Dept. responds to reports of man armed with assault rifle near polling location
Baker Police responded to a polling location near Groom Road and Main Street after reports of a man there armed with an assault rifle and carrying a Trump campaign sign. (Source: WAFB)

BAKER, La. (WAFB) - The Baker Police Department responded to a polling location near Groom Road and Main Street after reports of a man there armed with an assault rifle and carrying a Trump campaign sign.

Baker Police responded to a polling location near Groom Road and Main Street after reports of a man there armed with an assault rifle and carrying a Trump campaign sign.
Baker Police responded to a polling location near Groom Road and Main Street after reports of a man there armed with an assault rifle and carrying a Trump campaign sign. (Source: WAFB)

According to Baker PD, the man contacted the department about three weeks ago on Oct. 19 to let them know he wanted to showcase his support for President Donald Trump in Baker. Officers with the Baker Police Department responded to the scene to make contact with him and verify the weapons he had with him.

The chief says he contacted the FBI and other appropriate authorities the same day the man contacted his department, saying he has the right to be there with the weapons since Louisiana is an open-carry state, but he also wanted to make sure there were no issues.

“We did not want the citizens to feel pressured or intimidated, so we kept an officer there to make sure everything went smoothly,” said Chief Carl Dunn.

The man has since left the area near the polling location, according to the police.

The Baker chief confirms two Black men did show up at the same location as the man with the Trump sign. The chief confirms those men were armed with similar weapons as the man with the Trump sign.

“I assume they were trying to show that they were armed as well because they showed up after the first man did,” said Chief Dunn.

He says there was no incident and those men left immediately after the other armed man left, which was around 4:40 p.m.

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