Posted: Jul 16, 2013 6:26 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jul 16, 2013 7:44 PM
An intense 8-hour standoff ended early Tuesday morning with a man in police custody.
It all started about 7:30pm yesterday at the 1200 block of Melissa Lane when Evangeline Parish Sheriff's deputies went to execute a search warrant on a burglary charge.
That's when deputies say 25-year-old Corey Geautreaux refused to cooperate and fired a single shot inside his home.
At 3:30am, and active scene and an 8-hour standoff came to an end.
"The information that the deputies had indicated that there were potentially weapons inside the residence, that's the reason why so many precautions were taken", says Trooper Steven Hammons.
But Tuesday afternoon, a completely different scene.
The house, quiet.
And the front door wide open.
Quiet the opposite from just hours before.
But this isn't the first time Geauxtreaux's been involved with the law, both as a suspect and as an officer.
The 25-year-old joined the Ville Platte Police Department back in 2010.
He was employed there for only a short time, and after that is when he started racking up the charges.
In 2011 he's accused of Possesion of Schedule II, III, and IV narcotics.
In 2012, he was accused of Kidnapping, Unauthorized Entry and Simple Battery, as well as Speeding, Reckless Operation, Fleeing from an Officer and Driving Without a License.
"We knew he had a large number of weapons, we knew he had a large amount of ammunition in the house and he did have prior police experience. We chose to err on the side of caution and we did have a search warrant for the house so rather than busting in there we decided to get state police out and have them assist us", says Detective Mike Hidalgo with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office.
He says last night's arrest comes after months of investigating other possible crimes by the suspect.
"The investigation's been ongoing for months. It's been possibly 30 camp burglaries, some oilfield equipment damaged in burglaries so it's been a very lengthy process", says Hidalgo.
The reason deputies showed up to his house in the first place was to question him on a burglary charge of some knives.
After they arrived though is when things escalated.
He was eventually charged with the burglary... And another burglary that has landed his father behind bars as well.
Gregory Geautreaux and his son are accused of stealing a forklift to steal hundreds of gallons of diesel in June.
Deputies say the pair struck a gas line with the stolen forklift before getting it stuck.
The estimated value of the total damages could rise up to $100,000.