Suspect in hours-long standoff with SWAT team identified
BATON ROUGE- The Sheriff's SWAT team and other deputies surrounded a home within the 12200 block of Lovett Road for nearly ten hours hours Thursday evening through Friday morning, in an attempt to arrest a man with outstanding warrants.
When deputies arrived on scene around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the wanted man, who has been identified as John C. Nettles, ran into his home to avoid arrest.
Authorities say he was wanted on drug and weapons-related charges.
A member of East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office completed an official document detailing what happened during the stand-off.
According to the report, once the S.W.A.T. team arrived and called for Nettles to come out of his home and turn himself in, he ignored repeated requests.
At this, the deputy reported that the S.W.A.T. team sent a drone near the home, and Nettles intentionally damaged it.
After this, officials say they entered Nettles' home, found him hiding in a closet, and ordered him to come out.
According to the affidavit, Nettles refused and as he was being forcibly removed from the closet he kicked four officials and tried to grab one of their tazers.
Officials say they tazed him in an effort to subdue him and take him into custody, but even after this, he continued to kick members of the S.W.A.T. team and other authorities.
Deputies say they searched Nettles' home and found two weapons, which he is not legally allowed to be in possession of due to being a convicted felon, in addition to narcotics.
Nettles was taken into custody around 2 a.m. and arrested on multiple charges including drug possession, weapons, resisting officers, and battering of police officers.
He is currently being held in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.