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Relatives: Suspect involved in standoff has mental health problems

Posted: 10:52 PM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 23:53:55-04

LAFAYETTE–Relatives of the man who engaged police in a nearly two-hour standoff say they’re thankful sheriff’s deputies were able to take him into custody without anyone getting hurt.

An aunt of Zachary Kynard says he suffers from mental health problems and is grateful her nephew was not injured during Tuesday’s incident.

That standoff began around 4:30 p.m. after deputy city marshals attempted to serve a warrant at Kynard’s home on South Magnolia Street near East Pinhook Road.  Investigators say Kynard refused to cooperate with those deputies and barricaded himself inside the house.  The deputy marshals learned that Kynard also had felony district court warrants and called the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for assistance.

After trying to communicate with Kynard, sheriff’s deputies burst into the home and arrest Canard.