A man was arrested Tuesday for attempting to bring a gun and ammunition into the Lafayette Parish Courthouse.
Alan Huval, 51, is accused of attempting to bring a loaded handgun and ammunition in a backpack into the courthouse. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on a count of illegal carrying of weapons, according to a release from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office oversees security at the parish courthouse. Security checkpoints at the courthouse entrances include a metal detector and an x-ray scanner for belongings.
Major Jules Broussard said the loaded gun and ammunition were discovered around 9:30 a.m. when Huval placed the backpack through the x-ray scanner, KATC reported. The bag also contained three speed-loading magazines and an empty bottle of vodka. Altogether Huval had 20 bullets, he said.
A deputy pulled Huval aside and he said he forgot the weapon was in the bag. He did not appear to be intoxicated, Broussard said.
“It could have well been a mistake, but we take the job seriously. We’re there to protect and serve,” he said.
No bond has been set for Huval at this time. He has an initial court appearance scheduled for Friday.