The man reportedly had made entry to a residence without permission and told the homeowner someone was trying to kill him. Chief Adams had responded to the residence and escorted the man outside, at which time the man produced the knife and attempted to cut Chief Adams. The man then entered another residence, repeated his allegation that someone was attempting to kill him, and fled toward the wooded area where he was ultimately subdued by the deputies.
The man was identified as Joseph Henry Demary (33) of River Ridge, Louisiana. Demary reportedly admitted to consuming crystal meth. As he was being transported to the jail, Demary began kicking at the doors and windows of the patrol vehicle. Deputy Blackwell stopped his vehicle and, with the assistance of officers of the WPSO Drug Task Force, placed Demary in leg shackles in addition to his handcuffs.
Demary continued to be physically aggressive at the jail and had to be subdued and restrained by jail officers before being placed in a cell.
Demary was charged with obstructing a public passage, two counts of unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer by force or violence, resisting an officer by flight on foot and aggravated assault upon a peace officer. His bond was set at $50,000.
“This situation could have gone bad very quickly,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “While under the influence of illegal narcotics, Demary posed a real and substantial threat to residents and to officers who arrived on the scene. The box cutter knife he wielded had the potential of inflicting serious wounds to the officers who eventually subdued him. Kudos to Deputy Blackwell, Deputy Gregario and Chief Adams for being able to apprehend Demary without injury to anyone.”
Sheriff Seal continued. “This is an ongoing problem faced daily by our fine jail staff. Persons under the influence of illegal drugs and persons with mental health issues must be properly cared for. With few resources at their disposal, our nurse and jail officers do an outstanding job of managing such persons. Just in the last three years, 639 inmates were placed on detox protocols for significant drug or alcohol abuse. In addition, 76 inmates were referred for mental health evaluations. We must never, ever, underestimate the valuable services provided by our jail staff.”