Authorities: Man denied food stamps gets rifle out

1:54 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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LAPLACE, La. (AP) - Authorities say a Louisiana man who got a loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his car after being turned down for disaster food stamps has been jailed. 

Louisiana State Police say a claims processor in LaPlace told officers a man became irate after being denied aid Tuesday evening following Hurricane Isaac's recent passage. 

They say officers providing security at the location saw the man go to his car and troopers, sheriff's deputies and national guard troops surrounded and disarmed him. 

Trooper Melissa Matey says investigators also found a handgun and several loaded ammunition magazines. She says 46-year-old Mark Knight of LaPlace was booked on charges of terrorizing and aggravated assault. Bond was set at $20,000. 

Knight remained jailed Thursday. A message left with the public defender's office was not immediately returned.

The Associated Press

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