A man wanted for questioning in a Baton Rouge shooting that left a woman in serious condition was arrested after a tense armed standoff with authorities in New Orleans East on Thursday.
U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison said Donald Williams, 35, was apprehended after the SWAT roll on Yorktown Drive in New Orleans East.
Williams was wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting at a Holiday Inn at 9940 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
The victim, a 31-year-old woman, was being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for life-threatening injuries.
She was in serious but stable condition, according to Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.
McKneely said Williams was a “possible suspect” in the shooting but that no warrant had been issued for his arrest.
Detectives are still trying to piece together what happened at the Holiday Inn and are waiting to interview the victim.
Dozens of neighbors watched as federal marshals, New Orleans police and K-9 units surrounded the weathered brick two-story structure in New Orleans East where Williams had holed up under the hot afternoon sun.
As authorities urged Williams through a bullhorn to leave the apartment, neighbors traded theories about whether a search warrant would be needed to enter the structure and whether jurisdictional boundaries would prevent police from going in.
A woman who identified herself as Williams’ mother to a police officer refused to speak with a reporter.
Finally, about 3:40 p.m., more than two hours after the standoff began, Williams walked out of the building with his hands up and was quickly surrounded by a circle of law enforcement agents holding body-length shields.
The neighbors watching erupted into cheers. One woman said they were “clapping because that young boy ain’t dead.”