(CAMPTI)-A north Natchitoches Parish man is behind bars after he aimed an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle activating a laser sight at a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy on Sunday evening according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
Kristopher Joseph Vidos, 46, of the 100 block of Edenborn Street, Campti, La. is currently incarcerated in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-Count of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, 1-Count of Unlawful Use of a Laser on a Law Enforcement Officer, 1-Count of Resisting Arrest by Flight and traffic charges.
The incident began on Sunday evening July 4th at approximately 7:10pm, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division observed a 1995 white Jeep SUV being operated in a reckless manner within the City Limits of Campti, La.
Deputies continued their patrols in the area, then observed the Jeep parked suspiciously behind a Campti business.
As deputies approached the vehicle, the operator of the vehicle quickly drove off then suddenly stopped.
The investigating deputy pulled up behind the vehicle, observing the driver suspiciously moving around in the vehicle as if he were attempting to gain possession of a weapon or hiding something.
The deputy sitting in his patrol unit then began to tactically retreat as the driver exited the Jeep aiming an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a laser sight at him.
Vidos, then re-entered his vehicle and fled the area leading deputies on a brief pursuit to Edenborn Street where he exited the vehicle entering a camper RV trailer surrounded by tall shrubs and grass.
Additional deputies responded to set-up a perimeter of the area.
Deputies requested the activation of Natchitoches SWAT . State Police Troop-E was contacted and advised of the situation.
The tense situation continued as SWAT members began to collect information and facts for an operational plan just prior to their deployment response to the scene.
A SWAT Team Commander made contact with Vidos by phone, along with the assistance of a parent to initiate a negotiating dialogue to end the standoff peacefully.
As SWAT was preparing to deploy, Vidos peacefully surrendered to deputies at the scene.
SWAT members obtained a search warrant signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge to search the RV camper, vehicle and premises for evidence.
During a search, agents seized a cache of firearms including the AR-15 aimed at the deputyand ammunition.
On July 7 at approximately 11:00am, Vidos was released on a $32,000.00 appearance bond set by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge.
Deputies say the investigation is continuing.
Sheriff Wright stated our deputies come to work each day with the mission of ensuring our citizen’s safety and quality of life in Natchitoches Parish. This situation could have been much worse, I am pleased with the professionalism shown by all responding law enforcement on Sunday evening and grateful our deputy who has devoted his life to public safety was not injured nor the suspect.”