Angola guards open fire on vehicle at gatehouse

ANGOLA, LA (WAFB) - Guards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola opened fire on a car Sunday after the driver allegedly accelerated through the gatehouse at the entrance of the maximum security facility, Angola spokesman Gary Young said.

Around 2:30 p.m. a vehicle with two small children, an 8 month old and a 2 year old, inside drove around a stop arm and into prison grounds, Young said. At least two guards then opened fire on the vehicle, but it continued through and was followed by a Department of Corrections investigator.

Angola Warden Burl Cain said the investigator pursued the suspect through prison grounds and the two vehicles collided head-on about 20 minutes later, ending the chase. The officer involved suffered minor injuries.

Cain said guards were aware the children were inside when they opened fire, but were following prison protocol to stop the vehicle.

No one was injured in the shooting and the driver, Floyd Tillman, was apprehended. The car circled the area outside the gatehouse before the incident, and approached the entrance several times before driving through, Cain said. Tillman had also asked an officer for driving directions, he said.

According to West Feliciana Sheriff's Office, deputies believe the two children in the vehicle were kidnapped. Authorities also believe the suspect is possibly the children's father.

The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating with the assistance of Louisiana State Police.

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