Man jailed after using mom, 81, as human shield in standoff - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Man jailed after using mom, 81, as human shield in standoff

Posted: Updated:
Mark Bryon McAvoy. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Mark Bryon McAvoy. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:18:58 GMT
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
  • Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:41:16 GMT
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
  • LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:38:11 GMT
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A man from north Jefferson County is accused of using his 81-year-old blind mother as a human shield in a standoff with deputies Sunday night.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic violence call just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 6800 block of Garrett Drive.

Before deputies arrived at the scene, neighbors alerted them that the suspect, 42-year-old Mark Bryon McAvoy, came to their home, hands covered in blood, and admitted to killing his mother. Neighbors said the man left and barricaded himself inside his own home.

Deputies discovered that McAvoy's mother was still alive but was being held against her will. McAvoy spoke with Gardendale police officers through a window and said that he had a weapon. He threatened to shoot and kill anyone who tried to come inside, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

A sheriff's sergeant spoke with McAvoy through a window and the man agreed to let his mother go in exchange for cigarettes. But once he had the cigarettes, "he changed his mind and became angry again," Christian said.

McAvoy then told officers, "You will have to kill me, but I will kill my mother first."

McAvoy told deputies they would have to shoot through him to get to his mother, Christian said. He claimed he had two grenades and a gun held at his mother's back.

Law enforcement established a perimeter around the scene and called in SWAT officers.

After they determined that McAvoy would not leave the home voluntarily, authorities deployed tear gas and sent in a SWAT team. McAvoy separated from his mother and fell to the floor, then started fighting deputies as they handcuffed him, according to Christian.

McAvoy's mother was taken to the hospital for observation and she is reportedly OK.

"It's hard to understand people that are capable of that, and you know, I think there's a special place for them. In fact, I'm counting on it," chief deputy Christian said.

McAvoy was treated on the scene then transported to the Jefferson County Jail. He has been charged with kidnapping, assault, making a terrorist threat, unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest. He is being held in jail on a $112,000 bond.

Copyright 2014 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow