10-hour standoff ends with tear gas, arrest
PIERRE PART – Assumption Parish authorities said a ten-hour standoff with a Pierre Part man ended after he fired at officers, then surrendered when tear gas was fired into the house boat he was in.
45-year-old Tom Templet was arrested after the standoff yesterday. Deputies said they were called around 5:00 a.m. by Templet’s ex-wife, who claimed he had been trying to gain entry to her residence while threatening to kill himself.
Deputies contacted Templet by cell phone and said he sounded very suicidal, then later located him at a family-owned house boat on North Bay Road in Pierre Part, where he told them he would shoot himself if anyone tried to come into the boat.
Deputies set up a perimeter and brought in a negotiator and the Assumption Parish SWAT Team, and later the Louisiana State Police. After about eight hours of negotiations Templet refused to talk further to authorities, and deputies used a device to try and get his attention. At that point deputies said Templet fired a shot in their direction, and then fired two more shots after a SWAT member fired tear gas into the house boat. Templet surrendered shortly afterward.
Templet was booked into the parish prison in suspicion of attempted first degree murder of a police officer and attempted burglary. No bond has been set.