The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office says a man held his family hostage Sunday, threatened to kill them then turned the gun on himself in a standoff with deputies. Spokeswoman Casey Hicks says 53-year-old Jerry Foster had been arguing with his wife yesterday morning, when he took her to a relative's house at gunpoint.
"When Foster arrived at the relative's house, he brought the family into the living room, held them at gunpoint then threatened to kill all of them," said Hicks.
Hicks says Foster shot at his wife but missed her and that's when everyone tried to escape the gunman, "When they tried to run, he shot his female relative in the back of the leg. That woman's husband went to he back of the house to get his gun and fired at Foster several times but missed."
Hicks says when deputies arrived, they found Foster outside the house looking for the relatives who had ran away. She says when Foster saw the patrol cars, he got into a truck and attempted to flee deputies, "That's when deputies pursued Foster for a short period through the neighborhood. At one point Foster stopped his vehicle and behaved as though he was going to turn himself in and that's when he shot himself."
Hicks says the wife told investigators Foster suffered from a mental disorder and wasn't getting help for his condition.