Abita Springs man arrested after stand-off with deputies



ABITA SPRINGS, La. (WDSU) — A man was arrested Sunday after a six-hour standoff with St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies said they were dispatched at 10:30 p.m. Saturday to a residence on Jarrell Road, near Abita Springs, in reference to an altercation between a couple.

A woman spoke to deputies, saying she had been a victim of an aggravated battery perpetrated by her boyfriend, 36-year-old Chester Lucien Rouquette.

Deputies attempted to make contact with Rouquette at the residence, but said he refused to exit the home. It was believed he had armed himself with a gun.

After numerous attempts were made by deputies to have him exit the residence, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said the SWAT team was dispatched to the scene.

When Rouquette quit responding to negotiators around 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, SWAT team members forced entry into the residence and took him into custody, the STPSO said.

Rouquette was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on one count of aggravated battery.

A rifle was recovered during a subsequent search of the home, according to deputies.

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