Louisiana Man Arrested With Machine Gun After Denied Disaster Benefits
St. John the Baptist Parish deputies arrested a man armed with an assault rifle Tuesday at a DSNAP site in LaPlace, according to officials.
Trooper Melissa Matey, a spokeswoman for Louisiana State Police, said 46-year-old Mark Knight faces charges of aggravated assault and terrorizing, and more charged may be forthcoming. His bond is set at $20,000.
Matey said a claims processor around 8 p.m. Tuesday called the police after Knight became angry when his claim was denied. Knight then went back to his vehicle.
Deputies followed Knight back to his car and apprehended him after noticing he had a full loaded AR-15 assault rifle, Matey said. “Law enforcement personnel quickly responded and subdued the subject who was in possession of a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle. Officers disarmed the subject and placed him under arrest,” said a statement from Matey.
Matey said they also found another handgun and several loaded magazines.
“This is a great example of the rapid and overwhelming response possible when law enforcement agencies partner together,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police superintendent.
“This situation could have had a different outcome, but an observant state employee alerted the proper personnel and immediate action was taken to alleviate the threat to public safety. I am proud of the troopers, deputies and guardsmen that put their lives on the line and continue to do so everyday.”
Clearly this was the wrong way for Mr. Knight to handle the situation, but at it also shows how desperate people in the Gulf are for some kind of relief.
Image via WWLTV