Campti man aims AR-15 rifle at deputy; brief standoff ends peacefully

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A north Natchitoches Parish man is behind bars after he aimed an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and activated a laser sight at a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Sunday evening. Kristopher Joseph Vidos, 46, of the 100 block of Edenborn Street, Campti, is incarcerated in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-Count of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, 1-Count Unlawful Use of a Laser on a Law Enforcement Officer, 1-Count Resisting Arrest by Flight and traffic charges.

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The incident began Sunday, July 4th at 7:10 p.m. when deputies observed a 1995 white Jeep SUV being operated in a reckless manner within Campti city limits.

Deputies continued their patrols in the area, then observed the Jeep parked suspiciously behind a Campti business. As deputies approached the vehicle, the operator quickly drove off, then suddenly stopped. The investigating deputy pulled behind the vehicle, observed the driver moving around in the vehicle.

The deputy then began to retreat as the driver exited the Jeep and aimed an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with a laser sight at him. Vidos then re-entered the vehicle and fled, leading deputies on a brief pursuit to Edenborn Street where he exited the vehicle and entered a camper RV trailer surrounded by tall shrubs and grass. Additional deputies responded to set-up a perimeter. 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 for an operational plan prior to their deployment to the scene. A SWAT Commander and a Patrol Commander made contact with Vidos by phone, along with the assistance of a parent, to initiate a dialogue to end the standoff peacefully.

As SWAT was preparing to deploy, Vidos peacefully surrendered.

SWAT members obtained a search warrant signed by a 10th Judicial District Court Judge to search the camper, vehicle and premises for evidence. During a search, agents seized a cache of firearms including the AR-15 and ammunition.

EVIDENCE

On July 7 at 11 a.m., Vidos was released on a $32,000 appearance bond.

Deputies say the investigation is continuing.

Sheriff Wright stated our deputies come to work each day with the mission of ensuring our citizens’ 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,” he said.