Morgan City officer fires weapon in Christmas morning incident
MORGAN CITY, La. — A Morgan City police officer fired his weapon in response to an incident Christmas morning involving a suspect wanted by Patterson police, according to a Morgan City police news release.
The release stated that during the early morning hours of Tuesday, officers were called to the area of the Waffle House/ Cracker Barrel to help control a large crowd, in which several fights had broken out in the area. Officers were informed that Anthony Varriet, who was wanted by Patterson police for discharging a weapon in the city limits, possession of marijuana and disturbing the peace, was in the area of the Waffle House.
Officers arrived at the scene to find an extremely large crowd with people and vehicles filling both parking lots as well as the parking lots of McDonald’s, the Hampton Inn, part of Rouses’ parking lot, and parking alongside La. 182.
As officers were attempting to keep order, several fights began to break out at various locations throughout the area. Officers located a subject believed to be Varriet, and observed him run to a vehicle in the Hampton Inn parking lot and jump in the back seat.
Officers approached the vehicle and observed the suspect lying across the back seat as the vehicle began to pull out. The driver of the vehicle was ordered to stop several times and ignored officers’ commands, and then sped up. As the vehicle passed another officer, the officer, running alongside the vehicle, yelled at the driver to stop.
As the officer was ordering the driver to stop, the officer observed the driver reach over, grab a pistol and begin turning it in the officer’s direction, the news release stated. At this point, the officer fired his service weapon. The vehicle sped off and fled the area before officers could get back to their units. An immediate search of the area a short time later was unsuccessful, according to the release.
The investigation of the incident has been turned over to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at the request of Morgan City police.
The sheriff’s office spokeswoman would not comment on the case because it is under active investigation.