February 17, 2023  |  02:39 pm

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suicidal subject, who ultimately took his own life at a residence near Slidell Wednesday evening.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. Wednesday (February 15), STPSO deputies responded to a 911 call received from a Slidell resident.  During the course of the telephone call, the man informed the dispatcher he was armed with a firearm and voiced suicidal ideations.

Responding deputies located the man sitting outside the residence with a firearm.

They made verbal contact with the man and began attempting to initiate dialogue.  The man refused to follow deputies’ commands, raised the firearm and discharged the pistol. 

Instantaneously, one of the deputies returned fire.  The man expired from the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.  

At the subsequent autopsy, it was learned that one of the rounds from the deputy struck the man, but it was determined to be non-contributory to his death.