Angry over denial for disaster aid, man pulls gun

Sep 13, 2012

A man who allegedly got a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his car after being turned down for disaster food stamps is jailed in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Louisiana State Police say a claims processor in LaPlace told officers that a man had become irate after being denied Tuesday evening. Officers saw him get something out of his car. State troopers, sheriff's deputies and national guard troops quickly surrounded, subdued and disarmed the man.

Trooper Melissa Matey says that investigators also found a handgun and many loaded magazines of ammunition.

She says 46-year-old Mark Knight of LaPlace was booked with terrorizing and with aggravated assault, and his bond was set at $20,000.

The sheriff's office website showed that Knight remained in jail Thursday.