Update, 6 a.m. Thursday:
A standoff in Prairieville ended after 8 ½ hours when a robbery suspect was taken into custody, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allison Hudson said in an email shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.
Deputies also confirmed late Wednesday night that the man, Matthew Morris, 27, had been involved in a two-hour standoff with police in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in early October. Morris was suspected of shoplifting with a woman. While she was captured, he fled, climbed on top of an Auto Zone down the street and threatened to kill himself, according to a Fort Wayne TV station.
After hostage negotiations, authorities had to storm the building and use a ladder truck to get him down, the station reported.
A standoff in Prairieville continued to linger into the late hours Wednesday night after more than six hours, even after authorities fired eight cannisters of tear gas into a Prairieville home where a suspect in the robbery of a Chevron gas station in Baton Rouge had barricaded himself inside.
Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshal’s deputies tear-gassed the house around 10:30 p.m. They’d spent hours trying to persuade Matthew Morris, 27, to leave his home, to surrender. Morris stayed even hearing pleas from his mother, girlfriend and brother to give up.