Police and fire briefs for Jan. 21, 2014

BR man fires gun during argument

A Baton Rouge man arrested Sunday is accused of carrying a handgun to confront a man he thought burglarized his home and firing at least one shot during the argument.

Sylvester Bouligny, 57, 6143 Matthews St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

He also was booked on counts of improper lane usage, child restraint violation and an expired driver’s license stemming from a traffic warrant, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

A neighbor told Bouligny she saw the victim leaving Bouligny’s home, so he grabbed a handgun to confront the person, the affidavit said.

Several people, including Bouligny’s wife, said the gun, a Taurus Ultra Lite .38 Special, was fired, the affidavit said.

Bouligny told police he used the gun as a scare tactic, the affidavit said.

Police arrest man who kicked in door

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Sunday accused of forcing his way into a home, something he said was warranted because the victim would not answer the door.

Police booked Troy Donell Hatch, 26, 4875 Sumrall Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of home invasion and simple criminal damage to property.

The victim said she and Hatch used to be in a relationship, but it ended a while back, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

She said she was scared he was going to hit her, as he had done in the past, the affidavit said.

Hatch said he kicked in the door because he went to the house to pick up his two daughters, but the victim would not open the door, the affidavit said.

Fire damages home on Hallmark Avenue

Fire tore through a Hallmark Avenue home Monday, damaging several rooms in the home before firefighters were able to get the blaze under control, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters arrived at 11621 Hallmark Ave. at about 12:32 p.m. and found flames coming out of the front and back of the home, spokesman Robert Combs said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames at 1:22 p.m., but by then, the living room, dining room and kitchen sustained heavy fire damage while the rest of the home sustained significant smoke and heat damage, Combs said.

The fire caused about $35,000 in damage to the house that was valued at about $50,000 before the fire.

Fire investigators are searching through the evidence, trying to learn the cause of the fire, Combs said.

No injuries were reported.

One arrested on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least one man suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Donald Domineck, 58, 362 La. 67, Slaughter, was booked on counts of driving while intoxicated and following too close.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.