Thu, Sep 13, 2012
A 46-year-old LaPlace man was arrested Tuesday after he pulled out a “fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle” at a distribution site for disaster food stamps to replace losses from Hurricane Isaac, according to Louisiana State Police. Mark Knight was irate because his claim was denied; he was booked with aggravated assault and “terrorizing,” Trooper Melissa Matey said.
A claims processor at the LaPlace gathering alerted authorities that he was angry. He was seen going to his vehicle.
Law-enforcement personnel quickly responded and subdued Knight, Matey said.
“Officers disarmed the subject and placed him under arrest,” she continued. “Another handgun and numerous loaded ammunition magazines were located.”
Knight was booked into the St. John the Baptist Correctional Center.
“This is a great example of the rapid and overwhelming response possible when law enforcement agencies partner together,” said Col. Mike Edmonson, State Police superintendent. “This situation could have had a different outcome but, an observant state employee alerted the proper personnel and immediate action was taken to alleviate the threat to public safety. I am proud of the troopers, deputies and guardsmen that put their lives on the line and continue to do so everyday.”
Louisiana State Police troopers, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Louisiana National Guard provided security at the Disaster Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program location in St. John the Baptist Parish at 1929 West Airline Highway.