Hammond man reaches for shotgun during traffic stop, gets arrested before he gets to it, Tangipahoa deputies report _lowres

Louis Myers

A Hammond man tried to pull a shotgun on deputies during a weekend traffic stop, but he was apprehended before he could get hold of the weapon, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

Law enforcement pulled over a Ford Ranger driven by Louis Kelly Myers III, 28, in Ponchatoula on Sunday because it matched the description of a vehicle seen at a burglary, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto.

When deputies approached, they saw Myers rummaging around between the front seats “attempting to grab a shotgun,” according to a news release.

Myers is being held in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Detectives also believe he may be connected to several vehicle burglaries and said they may pursue additional charges.