Man with machete arrested for alleged attempted murder of K9, drug charges

Man with machete arrested for alleged attempted murder of K9, drug charges

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports the arrest of a wanted man who also reportedly threatened to kill a police dog with a machete.

Devin Powell, 26, was wanted by TPSO for three counts of residential burglary, two counts of theft of firearms, and two counts of convicted felon in possession of a firearm. After requesting the public's assistance locating Powell, detectives began to receive numerous phone calls about Powell's whereabouts. With information they received on April 3, detectives went to Powell's home, located on Powell Ln. in Robert. They believed he would be in a camper on the property.

Officials say when they arrives, they were unable to located Powell, but spoke with neighbors, who said just prior to law enforcement's arrival, Powell left the area and walked into some nearby woods. Officials say neighbors told them Powell was armed with a machete and said he would use it to kill a K9 if he had to. Detectives searched the area, but were unable to locate Powell.

Several hours later, detectives began to receive calls saying Powell had returned to the area. Deputies returned to area with a K9 to search the area. As they searched the area, detectives were able to locate Powell in a shed near the camper. Officials say Powell then fled on foot and attempted to remove a large machete from its sheath. After ignoring several commands to stop, the K9 was deployed and was able to apprehend Powell before he could remove the machete.

After Powell was arrested, officials say he was found to in possession of a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. Powell is charged with:

  • Simple burglary (3 counts)
  • Theft of firearms (2 counts)
  • Convicted felon in possession of a firearm (2 counts)
  • Resisting arrest
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of schedule I narcotics
  • Possession with the intent to distribute schedule II narcotics
  • Attempted murder of a police dog

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