Firefighters put out fire after police arrest man

Suspect in custody after standoff with police during house fire
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The Bossier City Police Department will release more information Friday after a man kept firefighters away from a house that caught fire late Thursday night.

The fire was reported on the corner of Rossie Lee Drive and Jeb Stuart Place at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday.

According to Traci Landry, public information officer for the Bossier Police Department and Bossier Fire Department, officers received a call about a man with a gun at the scene of a house fire.

Landry said a neighbor called police and claimed the man pointed a gun at another neighbor. The caller also claimed he waived the gun around when first responders arrived.

During the incident, emergency crews shut off access to Rossie Lee Drive at Barksdale Boulevard. The SWAT team was also called in.

Officials say the SWAT team created a perimeter and stormed the home even though it was still on fire. The man was reportedly found in the backyard.

The man reportedly did not comply with orders until a K9 was deployed.

He was taken to University Health.

No one else was hurt.

KSLA News 12's Doug Warner was on the scene shortly after the initial call. He went live on Facebook during the incident:

Warner spoke with Cecil Ball who lives in the neighborhood.

Ball said the man is a retiree who served at Barksdale Air Force Base.

At this time, police do not know what caused the fire nor why the man was armed with a weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.

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