SWAT team called in St. Tammany after man points gun at girlfriend, sets house on fire

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. (WGNO) – A Hammond area man is facing several charges after pointing a gun at his girlfriend, barricading himself inside of a house and then setting the house on fire.

Deputies with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office were called about 3 a.m. to the 200 block of Evangeline Drive in Beau Chene Subdivision in reference to some type of disturbance.

When they arrived, deputies found a woman outside who said her boyfriend, 46-year-old Stephen Abdalla, was inside the house and had just pointed a .357 revolver at her.

Scene for WebAs deputies approached the house, they could see Abdalla inside waving the firearm and destroying the inside of the home.

Abdalla then locked himself inside and refused to cooperate with authorities. The St. Tammany Parish S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene and began negotiating with Abdalla.

After a couple of hours of negotiations, Abdalla was “talking out of his head” and decided to set the inside of the house on fire.

The S.W.A.T team entered the home to save Abdalla from harming himself or someone else.

Around 6 a.m., as S.W.A.T. team members made entry into the home, Abdalla threw himself through a window in an attempt to escape. He was quickly apprehended without incident.

The fire was extinguished, causing minimal damage to the home.

Abdalla is currently being treated at a hospital for lacerations sustained during the incident.

Upon his release, Abdalla will be booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for the following charges: aggravated assault with a firearm, felony criminal damage, and simple arson.