JP Officers Fire At Man In Park After He Points Weapon At Them

ABC26 News

September 28, 2009



In response to a report of a subject threatening to commit suicide Jefferson Parish Sheriff Officers were dispatched this afternoon to Lafreniere Park.

Upon arriving in the area, the suspect was seen sitting inside of a gold Dodge pick-up truck armed with a dark colored handgun. As the officers drew closer to the suspect's vehicle, the suspect got out of the vehicle and pointed the weapon at several of the officers. They in turn fired at the suspect, however, he was not struck.

The suspect, Robert Edwards III, 47, of Metairie, was taken into custody and transported to East Jefferson Hospital for an emergency committal. He will be booked with one count of Aggravated Assault upon his release.

A Ruger 410 Gauge handgun was taken from the suspect on the scene.