Baton Rouge Police officers convinced a man to peacefully surrender a pellet gun that looked like an assault weapon on Monday moments after he pointed the firearm at authorities.
The 9 a.m. incident in the 4200 block of Prescott Road started after an officer noticed Joshua Parker, 28, recklessly driving a Chrysler 300 sedan over a curb and into a fence, according to a Baton Rouge Police report. Parker got out of the vehicle with his chest puffed and one of his fists clenched before pulling out what appeared to be a black assault weapon and walking toward a residence, the document says.
Three officers approached Parker and ordered him to put the weapon on the ground, said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola. Parker approached the lawmen “in an aggressive manner,” Coppola said, and pointed the firearm at them, saying, “Y’all are going to have to shoot me.”
The officers persuaded Parker to set down the object, which was later determined to be a pellet gun, Coppola said.
“Based on the outstanding training that is received not only in the training academy but through annual in-service training, the officers were able to defuse the situation and get the suspect to comply,” Coppola.
The event came two days after two Baton Rouge officers exchanged gunfire with a man named Calvin Smith, who discharged a rifle at authorities and was killed by officers’ shots. The officers were wounded in the incident.
Parker, who lives in the 4200 block of Prescott Road, was found to have physically abused a woman by striking her on the top of the head several times, according to the report. He also had a pending domestic abuse battery charge. After officers found an open bottle of Seagram’s gin in his car, Parker admitted to drinking the alcohol and told officers he “wanted police to kill him,” according to the report.
Parker was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of reckless operation reckless operation, aggravated assault on police, possession of alcohol, domestic abuse battery, switched plate and expired motor vehicle inspection sticker.