SWAT defuses potentially deadly standoff
Press Release from Slidell Police:
Shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday (December 9, 2019), Slidell Police responded to a report of gunshots on Northam Court, which is located in the Country Club Subdivision. When officers arrived, they encountered a homicidal and suicidal man, who was holding a weapon.
The subject barricaded himself inside of his residence and became increasingly violent towards officers. The Slidell Police Department’s S.W.A.T. team was deployed. For over an hour, S.W.A.T. officers were able to use several less-lethal options and successfully took the subject into custody. The subject was taken to a local hospital to be mentally evaluated and to be treated for minor injuries. No officers were injured during the incident.
Slidell Police investigators are working closely with medical personnel to ensure the subject obtains the proper treatment. The investigation is on-going, and criminal charges could follow at a later time.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “We have experienced a substantial increase when dealing with individuals who are suffering from mental and PTSD related issues. For the fourth time this year, our S.W.A.T. team was used to defuse a situation involving a homicidal or suicidal subject. Although all are sad situations, I am proud to say our officers are highly trained to handle these issues. Each one of these encounters could have turned deadly, but our officers were able to defuse each situation in the most peaceful manner possible."