UPDATE: Man charged with second-degree murder after standoff with NOPD

The man arrested after a four-hour stand off with NOPD officers in Uptown Saturday morning has been charged with second-degree murder.

According to police, Richard Donovan, 58, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after barricading himself in an Uptown residence.

The standoff began after Second District Officers were called to the 700 block of Lyons Street for a wellness check around 12:17 a.m. on Oct. 1. When they arrived, officers noticed a foul odor coming from the location. They then knocked on the door and received no response.

A former resident then arrived at the location and unlocked the door according to NOPD. After going inside, he told police that there was a man inside armed with a handgun who had barricaded himself in a bedroom. The NOPD officers then notified their Special Operations Division and began a cursory check of the residence, where they discovered the body of an unidentified man who had been fatally shot in the head.

A SWAT unit was then deployed to the area around 4:30 a.m.

Nearly four hours later, just after 8 a.m., Donovan surrendered to police without incident. He is currently being questioned by NOPD homicide detectives. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyon with information on this shooting is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.

(© 2016 WWL)


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