St. James Parish negotiators talk down subject after nearly seven hours

Staff Report

St. James Parish Sheriff's Office crisis negotiators were able to get a subject to surrender himself to deputies after nearly seven hours of negotiation.

According to a news release, the office received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked at the Acadian Ambulance substation near Champion Drive in Vacherie around 11:28 p.m. Sept. 5.

Deputies learned that the two individuals in the vehicle were not from St. James Parish. According to a published report in The Advocate, the subject was from Ascension Parish.

The driver of the vehicle reportedly exited, and the passenger was observed holding a weapon and threatening to harm himself.

After the nearly seven-hour negotiation with the Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, the subject surrendered himself to deputies. He was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

Due to the close proximity of St. James High School, deputies contacted the school system and school intake was delayed.

School intake was updated to 9 a.m. as the incident ended around 6:45 a.m. The school's campus is near the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 3127.

No deputies or individuals involved in this incident were injured.

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