Barricade situation on Demarest Street ends

Situation ends peacefully with some arrests and some in questioning
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 3:51 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 6:20 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - A barricade situation with multiple law enforcement agencies ended in some arrests and some still in custody for questioning.

Calcasieu Parish SWAT Team, Lake Charles Police Department, and Lake Charles Fire Department were all on the scene of a barricade situation in the 2500 block of Demarest Street Monday afternoon.

Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel says a total of five people came out of the home. He also said that some arrests have been made, but the investigation is still ongoing. The specific charges the individuals are facing have not yet been released.

Nearby residents say they were told to go into their homes around 1:30 p.m. Shortly after, electrical power was shut off in the neighborhood. Once they were given the okay, neighbors began gathering in the streets or on front porches to watch the scene unfold.

Neighbors also said they didn’t hear any shots fired from inside the home or from law enforcement.

Power was restored around 5:30 p.m.

One neighbor says when she woke up this morning, law enforcement was outside of her home around 11 a.m. She said she was not sure why they were there.

“Then here comes the task force. When I looked out the window they pointed a gun and I went back inside,” the neighbor said. “Come to find out, they were looking for the guys next door.”

She said a group of people living in the other side of her duplex were out on the porch and all ran in opposite directions when the law enforcement approached them.

The neighbor said later she saw five people come out of the home in question and surrender to police. She said it was really sad to watch these young people get themselves into a situation like this.

“We lose kids every day, and to lose them to something like this is just unbearable. I don’t understand it,” she said.

Another neighbor, Sherron Thibodeaux, said he was actually on the way to the home in question and can’t imagine what they could have done to cause a scene like this.

“What could be wrong? What could be the case? They don’t bother anyone. I don’t know why they could be a disturbance,” Thibodeaux said.

Michael Turner was one of the neighbors that came to the scene because his son was inside the apartment next door to the home. Turner said his son called in a panic when he realized the home was completely surrounded.

“My concern was, I appreciate Lake Charles Police cooperation in getting my son out of his apartment, next door to where all the action was happening,” Turner said.

Turner’s son was moved from his apartment and taken to a safe location.

Neighbors living in the duplex say they won’t be allowed back in their homes for a few days while the investigation continues.

One neighbor says it was upsetting for this to happen because she has always viewed her home to be in a safe area. She said she will have to be more careful and more aware in the area in the future.

“I won’t come here at night. I won’t be outside after 10:00,″ she said.

Neighbors also add that they have seen dozens of different people coming in and out of the home, and nobody was quite sure who actually lived there or who was just visiting.

They also said that people have been seen in the front yard or back porch on multiple occasions holding large guns, but there is still no information on why the barricade situation occurred today or what charges any of the individuals arrested are facing.

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