Police in standoff with man threatening suicide, harm to others

By Josh Beavers

Police from multiple agencies are involved in a standoff with a local man.

According to officers with the Minden Police Association, a Minden man informed a mental health professional that he wanted to kill himself and others. A standoff ensued at a Gladney Street residence.

“Police were sent to the residence where the man presented a firearm,” a representative from the Minden Police Association said. “For safety, police removed themselves from the area and tried to get the man out of the house without the firearm. The man refused and barricaded himself in the house.”

Multiple agencies are on scene including Minden PD, the Webster Parish Sheriffs Office, the State Police and Bossier SWAT.

“There was no incident at Brookshires,” local PD assured. “Police are keeping civilians out of the area for their safety. Also, the parking lot is being used as a staging area for multiple police agecies.

Police are asking people to stay away from the area.

This standoff follows on the heels of the tragic death of Deputy Billy Collins, who lost his life in a similar situation two weeks ago.

Negotiations are still underway and police have evacuated several businesses.

Roads are closed from Cline Street to Fort Street and Regions Bank to Subway.

Traffic is being redirected to Hwy 80 or Shepherd Street.

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