Standoff at Ellisalde Street residence ends with man in police custody _lowres

Ivan Fitzgerald, 55

A man who caused a standoff with officers after barricading himself inside a residence for a few hours Thursday night was taken into custody without injury early Friday morning.

Ivan Fitzgerald, 55, refused to exit 2261 Elissalde Street after officers responded to a report of a beating there by the man’s roommate about 11:30 p.m., said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.

After being beaten with bats, one of Fitzgerald’s roommate left the residence and called police, saying Fitzgerald was one of two men who attacked him over $10 owed to one of the men, according to a Baton Rouge Police report. Fitzgerald shut the door on officers but was not armed, McKneely said. The money was owed to the second man accused in the beating, McKneely said, although that man wasn’t arrested.

The victim sustained injuries including a severed bottom lip and a possible fracture over his right eye, according to the report.

Tactical teams were deployed to lure Fitzgerald out of the residence, McKneely said. Fitzgerald resisted, yelling, “I know my rights and don’t come in here because I got something for you,” the report said.

By 3:50 a.m. Friday, Fitzgerald was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of aggravated second degree battery, said McKneely. His bond has not been set, according to jail records.