St. James Sheriff’s Department updates Vacherie crisis incident

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, September 6, 2022

On September 5, 2022 at approximately 11:28 pm, the sheriff’s office received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked at the Acadian Ambulance substation located near Champion Drive in Vacherie, LA. Deputies were dispatched to the complaint and discovered a vehicle being occupied by two individuals who were not from St. James Parish. Upon contact, the driver of the vehicle exited, and the passenger was observed holding a weapon and threatening to harm himself. Crisis negotiators were immediately dispatched to the scene along with the Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team. After nearly seven hours of negotiations by our crisis negotiators, the subject surrendered himself to the deputies. The individual was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated.
Due to the close proximity to St. James High School, the sheriff’s office contacted the school system and school intake was delayed pending the outcome. The incident ended approximately 6:45 am and school intake was updated to 9:00 am. No deputies or individuals involved in this incident were injured.
Released by Sheriff Willy J. Martin, Jr.