Standoff ends peacefully

Published 6:53 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A Florida man was arrested late Sunday afternoon after he held officers at bay for almost two hours while threatening to end his own life.

James Leonard Paquin, 58, of Sarasota, Fla., finally turned himself over to police; no one was harmed during the incident.

According to the Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office, E-911 received a call from an employee at the Rutledge Inn who said a white male had checked into the hotel but was pacing up and down the hallways carrying a lockbox and acting very nervously.

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Deputies Mason Adcock and Robert White arrived on the scene and soon discovered that Paquin was carrying a loaded handgun. According to the incident reports, Paquin continually placed the gun to his head and at other times into his mouth; he kept asking the officers why they were “after him” and made claims that the FBI was “after him.” Adcock and White, according to the reports, along with Alabama State Troopers Jim Snyder, James Rice and Cpl. Chris Woodard, kept talking with Paquin and continued to try to calm him down.

Several Luverne Police Department units, Alabama State Troopers, additional Crenshaw County Sheriff’s deputies and Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett also responded to the scene.

At approximately 5 p.m., Paquin unloaded his weapon, laid it on the floor and lay down beside it. He was first transported to Crenshaw Community Hospital and then to the Crenshaw County jail. He has been charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, menacing, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment and harassment, with more charges pending.

According to police reports, an inventory of Paquin’s vehicle and his hotel room turned up several items including numerous firearms and ammunition, along with several knives, a wedding band, and a letter to loved ones.