Man who threatened “suicide by cop” dies after shooting at deputies

A 47-yr-old man from Hammond died after a two-hour standoff with several Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s deputies.

Louisiana State Police is leading the investigation into the deputy-involved shooting. They identified the man as Randall Bass.

TPSO Chief of Operations Jimmy Travis said it all started around 10 am with a woman calling 911 saying that “her ex-husband was threatening to burn down her home and even threatened ‘suicide by cop’.”

The ex-wife had just had her ex-husband served a protective order to keep at a distance from her.

Deputies spent several hours trying to locate the individual. It was 11:30am Sunday, Oct. 30th when deputies were able to find the man on Laurie Dr. off of Wardline Rd. in Tangipahoa Parish.

LSP said during the negotiations, Bass “indicated that he was in possession of an explosive device and shot a firearm into the air.”

Officials say Bass then got out of the vehicle “armed with a rifle while wearing a back pack on his chest, later found to be containing binary explosive targets.”

“He exited the vehicle with a rifle discharging it in the direction of deputies and deputies and Hammond officers were forced to return fire to stop the threat,” said Chief Travis.

The Special Response Team from both TPSO and Hammond PD responded to the scene and the man to came out of his vehicle. Deputies attempted all means of negotiations with the man for two hours in hopes that he would peacefully surrender.

No deputies were hurt in the shooting.

TPSO requested the Louisiana State Police to investigate the deputy-involved shooting.

Chief Travis added TPSO deputies have had dealings in the past with the man who allegedly shot at them and died.

“We’ve been to his home for domestic complaints in the past and firearms discharge complaints,” said Chief Travis.

All the deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per normal procedure, pending the outcome of the investigation and clearance to return to work.

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