Two-hour standoff ends quietly
By JAMES A. ROBICHAUX
A two-hour standoff between Morgan City police and an intoxicated, violent suspect Saturday ended peacefully after officers forced their way into his camper.
Larry Pontiff, 39, a resident and employee of Lake End Park, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery, simple battery and two counts of false imprisonment, according to MCPD Chief Marc Folse.
At approximately 5:50 p.m., two females approached officers at the command post at the Waves of Thunder boat races at Lake End Parkway. One had a cut on her back and was bleeding. She said that she and her friend were in a camper with her boyfriend when he became intoxicated, and they began to argue.
She also said that the boyfriend became violent when she and her friend attempted to leave. He allegedly struck both females and then refused to allow them to leave.
At some point, they were able to escape and go to the MCPD command post for help.
When officers approached Pontiff’s camper, he locked himself inside and refused to exit. The victims stated that a shotgun that Pontiff had recently purchased was probably inside the camper.
Officers then evacuated nearby campers, established a perimeter, and began attempting to talk to Pontiff using an electronic megaphone to persuade him to exit the camper.
After approximately an hour and a half of communicating with Pontiff, and him refusing to emerge and surrender, officers began the steps of a tactical entry of the camper. Pontiff was removed from the camper by force and taken into custody with no injuries sustained to him or to officers, Folse said.
Once inside the camper, investigators found an open “Buck Style” knife but determined the victim’s injury had been sustained by broken glass from a picture frame during the altercation. No gun was found.
Pontiff remained incarcerated this morning in lieu of a $100,000 bond.