BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A standoff in Baton Rouge ended with the arrest of Rickey Miguez, 66, and the seizure of a small alligator.
The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to a home on N. Stevendale Road around 9:05 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26. Officers responded to a report of shots fired at this location.
Investigators spoke with a man who said that someone fired shots from inside the home. According to the affidavit, the bullets went “through the wall where the victim was standing and barely missed him.” BRPD confirmed that the shots were fired from a .22 caliber rifle. The man was not hurt and called police.
A standoff ensued and police learned that an alligator was inside the home. BRPD said the standoff lasted for a couple of hours. Eventually, “BRPD SRT had to forcefully enter the residence to apprehended” Miguez, according to the affidavit.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was asked to come remove the alligator from the home. The agency said the alligator was released in a creek near the home.
Miguez was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities and resisting an officer. He was also cited for illegally possessing an alligator. LDWF said he faces up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for the offense.
The 66-year-old was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and his bond was set at $250,000.