Lake Charles man shot by officer after refusing to drop weapon

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Police Department says a Lake Charles man was shot and injured by an officer on Monday night after he refused to drop a weapon when authorities arrived in response to a call concerning a man with a gun.

Around 11:35 p.m. on Monday, authorities with the Lake Charles Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a call from a concerned citizen regarding a "man with a gun" at an apartment complex on Mill Street. The man was reportedly walking around the apartment complex "waving a gun".

When officers arrived, they found the man - 71-year-old Lincoln Frank.

Lake Charles Police Officer Cpl. Dwayne Petroski instructed Frank to drop the weapon. The officer was forced to use his Tazer in an effort to disarm the man, but this was unsuccessful.

Authorities say the man with the gun then turned toward the officer and raised the weapon, pointing it at the officer. A second officer, Cpl. Michael Nicosia, responded by shooting the man.

Frank fell to the ground and the two officers, along with a third officer and one Sheriff's deputy, attempted to handcuff him. Authorities say he briefly fought with them while attempting to retrieve a knife from his front pocket.

Neighbor Anna Plumber heard it all go down outside her downstairs window.

"I heard a series of shots: boom, boom, boom, boom! I was upstairs so I came downstairs to see what was going on and officers told me to stay inside because they didn't know what was going on," said Plumber. "But before the shots they gave him several chances to drop the gun. Because they was hollering at him to drop to the ground and I guess they seen the weapon and they had to act before somebody got hurt."

Frank was transported to a local hospital for treatment. As of noon Tuesday, he was listed in stable condition.

Ironically around 8:30 p.m. that same day, sheriff's deputies went to take Frank into protective custody in accordance with a pickup order issued by Calcasieu Coroner, Dr. Terry Welke. Several signs and items in his front yard suggested that things weren't right and according to neighbors Frank had not been himself lately.

"Within the last week or two he just got unstable, his mind started going other places," said one man.

"Yesterday I thought he was having a garage sale and I pulled up to ask him about his guitar because I love to play the guitar and from the expression he gave me - I knew something wasn't right," said T. Broussard.

This isn't the first time Frank has been on the wrong side of the law. Records show in January 2003 he was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer with a firearm; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; battery on an officer and resisting arrest.

Meanwhile as charges are pending in his latest brush with the law, neighbors say he's a good guy who just needs help.

"He just needs some help. He really does," said Plumber.

The Louisiana State Police have been asked to conduct the investigation into the circumstances of the officer involved shooting.

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