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Angry over denial for disaster aid, man pulls gun

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Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:55 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2012 3:55 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: laplace, assault, rifle, gun, food stamps, disaster, st. john, parish, hurricane, isaac

LAPLACE - A man who allegedly got a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his pickup truck after being turned down for disaster food stamps is jailed in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Louisiana State Police say a claims processor in LaPlace told officers that a man had become irate after being denied Tuesday evening. Officers saw him get a gun out of the vehicle. State troopers, sheriff's deputies and national guard troops quickly surrounded, subdued and disarmed the man.

Trooper Melissa Matey says they also found a handgun and many loaded magazines of ammunition in the truck.

She says 46-year-old Mark Knight of LaPlace was booked with terrorizing and with aggravated assault, and his bond was set at $20,000.

The sheriff's office website showed that Knight remained in jail Thursday.

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