Man barricades himself inside apartment, fires at police during 6-hour standoff
BATON ROUGE- A man just released from prison was involved in a lengthy standoff with police Friday afternoon.
According to BRPD, officers were called to a home in the 900 block of Avenue J around 10 a.m. after Casey Lanns got into an argument with his girlfriend and then followed her into her apartment. Lanns reportedly threatened the victim with a gun before the two were involved in a physical struggle over the gun. The victim's daughter then intervened and the two left the apartment, according to arrest records.
When police arrived, Lanns barricaded himself inside the home, saying he did not want to go to back to jail. He reportedly told officers he was willing to kill himself or anyone who tried to force their way into the apartment. An EBRSO special response team was soon called to the scene.
According to arrest records, Lanns fired approximately 10 shots as officers attempted to make entry. Agents eventually gassed the home, forcing Lanns out of the apartment sometime around 4 p.m.
Authorities searched the apartment and found two handguns, an assault rifle, two bulletproof vests and various ammunition. A large amount of MDMA was also discovered in the toilet, along with bottles and plastic bags consistent with narcotics activities and distribution, according to arrest records.
Lanns was arrested and booked on four counts of attempted murder of a police officer, one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of illegal use of a weapon, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of possession with the intent to distribute schedule I controlled substance, one count possession of a firearm with a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
BRPD says Lanns had just been released from prison last month after he was arrested for possession of meth with intent to distribute, carrying a gun with drugs and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Court records also mention a prior conviction for cocaine possession and burglary.