Lake Charles, LA –


Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 


While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.


Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 


There will be an internal investigation into the incident.