Lake Charles, LA –


Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a threat at Sulphur High School 9th grade campus.


During the initial investigation detectives learned a man, later identified as Gerald W. Vincent, 53, Sulphur, threatened to shoot up the school while he was walking on the road next to the campus.  Students advised school personnel they could overhear Vincent make the threats.


Vincent was located at the scene, at which time he was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives.  He was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing-menacing.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $10,000.    


CPSO Sr. Cpl. Courtney Bertin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on this case.  The Calcasieu Parish School Board assisted CPSO with the investigation.  


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.