POLICE UTILIZE LESS-THAN-LETHAL BEAN BAG SHOTGUN TO RESOLVE DANGEROUS SITUATION AT LOCAL HOTEL
Bossier City police arrested a disorderly man Sunday after he refused to leave a local hotel but not before he became violent toward officers and was taken into custody with the use of a less-than-lethal beanbag shotgun.
Rocky Aaron Mitchel, 34, of Bossier City faces charges of two counts of aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting an officer with injury, criminal trespass, criminal property damage and possession of methamphetamine following an incident at the Marriott Springhill Suites in the 8000 block of East Texas Street.
Police responded to the hotel at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday regarding a disorderly guest, later identified as Mitchell, who would refused to leave his room after checkout time. When officers made contact with Mitchell in his room he immediately become combative with officers. During the attempt to take Mitchell into custody, Mitchell fought with police, striking one officer with a guitar and another with a lamp. Additional officers were called to the scene one of whom deployed a shotgun that fires less-than-lethal beanbag rounds. When Mitchell resisted another attempt by officers to be brought into custody, police fired a single bean bag round at Mitchel which struck him in the thigh. Mitchell then surrendered to officers without further incident. Officers later found Mitchell to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. He was treated at the scene by Bossier City Fire Department personnel and taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport for a psychological evaluation.
Mitchell is set to be booked into the Bossier City Jail upon his release from the hospital.