BR man accused of illegal carrying of a gun, possession of drugs in store

Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old man Saturday accused of stumbling into a Hammond tractor store while intoxicated and carrying a loaded gun, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Monday.

Deputies were called to the Hammond Tractor Supply Store on U.S. 190 about a suspicious vehicle and a man armed with a gun, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

Deputies arrived and found Ezra Shannon staggering down an aisle of the store, Panepinto said.

Deputies told Shannon to stop walking and remove his hands from his pockets, Panepinto said. Shannon refused deputies’ orders and became combative.

After a brief struggle, deputies detained Shannon and found a loaded handgun and marijuana in his possession, Panepinto said.

Shannon, of Baton Rouge, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal concealment of a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, aggravated assault with a firearm on a peace officer, disturbing the peace by public intoxication, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer by force or violence.