Posted: Oct 8, 2010 6:10 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Oct 8, 2010 9:18 PM
A stand-off situation placed two schools in St. Martinville on lock down. Authorities say a domestic dispute between 35-year-old Christopher Richard of upper Lafayette and his girlfriend sparked the situation.
He was dropping her off a home on Journett Street around 8:30 this morning. Richard remained outside in his parked car... prompting her mother to call 9-1-1.
More than 20 officers with the St. Martinville Police Department and the
St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office responded.
After three and half hours of negotiating Richard took his own life with a shotgun.
Richard's car was parked within feet of the ELC which left many parents concerned.
Parent Ladonna Hebert said, "you don't expect things like this to happen but it does."
Hebert says she feared for her four year old son's safety after his school was placed on lock down. For almost four hours students at ELC were confined to their classrooms as a stand-off was underway. Twelve year old, Eerly Meeks, was sitting at home and watched the stand-off happen right outside his window.
Meeks said, "I was doing some of school work and then my mom called me and told me something was going on and then I peeked out the window and saw all the police cars."
The entire area was on lock down until after lunch. Parents couldn't get anywhere close to their children, but as soon as the scene cleared parents started arriving.
Parent Shameka Johnson said, "I'm glad that I have him and he's safe and it was never anything with the school, but I'm glad that he is safe still."
Johnson said she wanted to pick her son up even though she knew he wasn't in harms way.
"Still it's just a mother's instinct," she said. "I just want my child with me right now."
Hebert added, "I'm glad everything is under control even thought they didn't have a possible outcome, at least the kids are safe."