COVINGTON, La. – A man, who may have been suicidal, was arrested for shooting at a deputy on Sunday, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Just before 2 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a wife who reported her husband was possibly suicidal and his whereabouts were unknown, deputies said.
When deputies met with the woman, she was in telephone contact with her husband, Ronnie Barfield, 56, and they were able to determine that he was in downtown Covington near the Bogue Falaya River.
Other deputies responded to the location and made contact with Barfield, who was sitting in his vehicle.
Deputies took cover around his truck because Barfield was thought to have a weapon.
Attempts to negotiate Barfield out of his vehicle failed, and eventually he pointed a handgun outside of the driver’s window and fired a shot at one of the deputies, according to the STPSO.
Barfield than rammed that deputy’s car with his own. The deputy had been standing behind his unit and was able to move safely before the impact occurred.
After the collision, deputies and Covington Police Department officers surrounded Barfield’s truck, removed him and placed him in handcuffs.
Barfield was evaluated by Acadian Ambulance, but refused further medical attention, deputies said. He also refused a breath analysis.
He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail on one count of attempted first degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for blood samples and the results of tests run on the samples are pending, but may lead to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to the STPSO.
Barfield’s bond has not been set.