Man shoots dog, holds 5-year-old hostage
BAYOU L'OURSE -- A 49-year-old man had been up all night drinking with a friend before he started shooting a gun and holed up with his 5-year-old daughter in a bedroom early Friday morning, the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office reports.
Deputies were called to the house at 161 Elaine St. about 5:40 am after the man fired several shots -- including one at his friend that did not injure anyone and one that injured his own dog, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Before deputies arrived, the man took his daughter into a bedroom and locked the door.
Deputies forced their way into the house after hearing another gunshot and arrested Danny Reding, who was allegedly trying to escape out the back door of the house. He cut his hand on a knife he was holding at the time of his arrest, the news release said. Investigators also seized a .22-caliber revolver.
Reding's daughter was not harmed, and their dog was taken to a vet for treatment. The dog is expected to survive, the news release said.
Reding was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center with attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, carrying of a firearm by a convicted felon, cruelty to juveniles , cruelty to animals, illegal use of a weapon and resisting an officer, the news release said.
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