Southern University indefinitely suspended a faculty member Wednesday for his involvement in a fight with another faculty member, a university spokesman said in a news release.

A science faculty member, whose name was not released, grabbed a handgun from his vehicle after an argument with a supervisor, spokesman Edward Pratt said. The faculty member never brandished the gun, which was not loaded, Pratt said.

He returned to his office and did not confront or threaten his supervisor or any students, Pratt said.

The faculty member was taken into custody by Southern Police after he returned the gun to his vehicle, Pratt said.

The weapon was confiscated by Southern Police, Pratt said, and the matter is still under investigation.

BR man arrested on count of arson

Authorities arrested a 43-year-old Baton Rouge man Wednesday for allegedly trying to set fire to a home occupied by five children and two adults, according to a Fire Department release.

Firefighters arrived at a home in the 1700 block of Convention Street about 1:35 a.m. in response to someone trying to start a fire under the home, the release says.

The victims said Brian Barton, 3402 Pioneer Drive, wanted to burn down the house because of an argument, the release said. Barton was seen standing across the street from the home while investigators were interviewing the victims, the release said.

Barton was arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on seven counts of aggravated arson, the release said.

2 booked with DWI in EBR Parish Prison

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

• Hunter Lemm, 22, 85 W. Chickasaw Parkway, Memphis, Tenn., first-offense DWI, failure to signal, and improper turn.

• Robert Moore, 50, 9264 Florida Blvd., Walker, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.