Man surrenders after barricading himself in home

A Ponchatoula man surrendered to authorities Thursday after barricading himself in his Ford Street home and threatening to kill himself, a Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

The man, who lives at 129 Ford St., allegedly locked himself in his home while armed with a gun, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in a news release.

The man’s identity was not released.

Ponchatoula police called the Sheriff’s Office around 2 p.m. asking for help with the man, Panepinto said.

Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team members talked to the man in an effort to convince him to surrender to authorities, Panepinto said.

The man eventually made his way to the home’s doorway and waved his gun while threatening to kill himself or force authorities to kill him, Panepinto said.

The man spoke to authorities for about an hour before he was detained, Panepinto said.

Ponchatoula police eventually took the man into custody.

Panepinto did not respond to emails asking for clarification about why the man locked himself into his home.