Iraq War Vet Arrested After Standoff With Police
Charles LaPorte Metro Jail Photo(MCSO)
A man who once served in Iraq is in trouble after a three-hour standoff with police.
Police say it started Tuesday afternoon when they got a domestic disturbance call from a quiet neighborhood in Saraland. But when they got there they discovered much more.
Saraland’s Public Safety Director says after three hours of negotiating, Charles LaPorte finally surrendered. When they got to the home police say they found LaPorte armed with guns and a full clip of ammunition.
LaPorte’s wife would not talk to News 5 on camera, but says her husband returned home from the Iraq last June. She says he was a Sergeant in the 1165th Military Police Company and was working as a Paramedic for Mobile Fire Rescue.
News 5 talked with one person who says neighbors pitched in to buy him gifts while he was fighting overseas. The neighbor says LaPorte was quiet and kept to himself.
“Coming from Iraq, I know he has guns and I know he knows how to use them,” Kim Boutzale said. “The guy is capable of using these things.”
LaPorte’s wife says what happened at her home Tuesday night was a result of her husband not getting the support and help he needed and asked for after he returned home from combat duty. She says he is now getting help.
LaPorte is in police custody charged with Disorderly Conduct.