UPDATE: Bossier Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis Says Haughton Stand-Off “Could Have Been a Very Dangerous Situation”
Bossier Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis tells KEEL News that a lot of manpower went into getting the situation in Dogwood under control. And he says a deputy was injured while trying to arrest Joseph Drozd:
A two-hour standoff in Haughton has ended peacefully. It started late yesterday afternoon at a home in the 2600 block of Southcrest Drive. A caller told Bossier Sheriff’s deputies that his friend, 59-year-old Joseph Drozd, had turned on the gas inside the house and was going to blow it up.
Deputies evacuated about two dozen houses in the immediate area as a precaution. Sheriff’s negotiators talked to Drozd on the phone, trying to resolve things peacefully, all the while knowing the house could possibly explode at any second. But Drozd would talk for a while, get upset, and hang up on them.
While negotiators kept trying to calm Drozd down, Sheriff’s K-9 and SWAT team members made it to the house, and Bossier Parish fire districts also stayed close by.
Deputies got the gas cut off at the house around 6:30, and when Drozd walked into the back yard about 15 minutes later, he was quickly arrested. No one else was inside the home. Drozd is charged with terrorizing, aggravated battery and resisting arrest. He’s been taken to LSU Health for evaluation.