Police release details of Barricade situation in Lake Charles near Prien Lake Mall

Barricade situation near Prien Lake Mall

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Lake Charles Police Department released details about a barricade situation that happened around 1 p.m., Monday, May 27.

According to Capt. Kevin Kirkum, Lake Charles Police responded to a call about a gun disturbance on West Hale Street. Upon arrival officers talked with the complainant who stated that his construction crew were hired to clear off a lot.

While the crew was working the suspect, later identified as William Griffin, 69, allegedly exited his residence next door in a wheelchair and pointed a shotgun at the complainant, according to Kirkum.

Kirkum also said Griffin stated “I’m going to kill you if you don’t get off my land.”

He then reportedly returned inside and refused to exit his home when officers attempted to make contact with him. This is what created the armed barricade situation, Kirkum said.

Lake Charles Police SWAT team gained entry into the residence and Griffin was taken into custody. Evidence of the aggravated assault was located in the residence.

Griffin is facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm. His bond was set at $500,000.

The standoff ended peacefully and Det. Mayo Romero is the lead investigator.

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