Gunshots fired in LaPlace standoff

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018

LAPLACE — Only one minor injury was reported following a tense LaPlace weapons response that involved gunshots and the safe rescue of children, authorities said.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lonzell Holmes, 29, of Boutte, exited a mobile home and fired several shots into the air from the doorway following a police response to the location.

Deputies said they responded to the home, in the 100 block of Comeaux Court in LaPlace, following an illegal-use-of-weapons complaint at approximately 9 a.m.

Police said while making contact with a female in the trailer to safely remove her and two children, they observed a male, identified as Holmes, sitting on a sofa.

“Officers were able to safely have Holmes exit the trailer,” a Sheriff’s Office release said.

Through investigation, detectives identified Holmes as the doorway gunman. During a search of the residence, two handguns were located; one reported stolen from Kenner, police said.

Police said an officer was injured during the response when a nail in the yard went through his boot, nicking his foot.

Holmes is charged with illegal possession of stolen firearm, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities and possession of a firearm/carrying a concealed weapon by a convicted felon (felony).

He is being held in custody in lieu of a $41,500 bond.