Shreveport standoff ends peacefully

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:19am

Shreveport, La (KMSS) - A Shreveport man is in police custody following an evening long standoff in Shreveport's Broadmoor neighborhood.

At around 5:11 p.m. Sunday, Shreveport officers were called to the 300 block of Albert Avenue to reports of shots fired. When they arrived, 41-year old Michael Wilson told police that 39-year old Dr. William Gibson had threatened suicide and then fired multiple rounds from a .357 handgun while inside the house.

Wilson said Gibson then forced him to leave the residence with him and hit him in the face with the pistol. However, Wilson was able to escape capture when Gibson abruptly stopped the vehicle near the 3000 block of Gilbert Drive.

When detectives made it to Albert Avenue, no one was at the residence. About two hours after officers left the home, they learned that Gibson was back. Authorities went to the home and tried to contact Gibson, but he refused to answer the door. However, officers were able to see him inside the house with two other unidentified people. After several failed attempts to talk to Gibson, crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

Negotiators began trying to contact Gibson, and during negotiations, he surrendered peacefully, and the two people inside emerged unharmed.

Gibson refused to speak with investigators and did not offer any reason for his actions. There were at least 25 firearms recovered, along with several hundred rounds of ammunition.

Detectives interviewed the two people inside the house with the gunman, who gave extremely varying accounts regarding Wilson's alleged kidnapping.

Gibson was arrested and taken to a local hospital for psychological evaluation.

Gibson will be charged with the illegal use of a weapon. The investigation into the alleged kidnapping is still ongoing and additional chargs may be forthcoming. 

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