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Houma Man Surrenders Peacefully After 2.5-Hour Standoff in Bayou Blue


9/24/2013 by Brennan Matherne
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a standoff with a man in Bayou Blue ended peacefully on Monday after he surrendered to deputies following a two-and-a-half-hour standoff. Negotiators eventually convinced Paul Sampay (W/M, D.O.B. 11/04/92) of 147 Pugh Court in Houma to surrender himself to authorities. Sampay was found to be wanted out of Terrebonne Parish for a probation violation.

At around 1 p.m. on Monday, September 23, deputies responded to a residence near the intersection of Smithwillow Drive and Linda Street in Bayou Blue after receiving a call from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding an a armed man possibly holding a woman against her will at the residence. The Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit was also deployed to the scene and quickly also confirmed the identity of the subject as 20-year-old Paul Sampay and also confirmed the presence of a female inside the residence. They learned Sampay was wanted by Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a probation violation. Crisis Negotiators began a dialogue with Sampay who eventually surrendered himself at around 3:45 p.m. without further incident. Sampay was found to be armed with a shotgun which was not loaded, and no ammunition was found.

Deputies charged Sampay with Domestic Abuse Battery after learning about an incident last week involving the same female victim. Due to conflicting statements from Sampay and the victim, deputies are continuing their investigation into Monday’s incident to determine if Sampay will face any additional charges He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center for Domestic Abuse Battery and as a Fugitive of Terrebonne Parish. He is being held in lieu of $2,000 for domestic abuse charge, and he is also being held for authorities in Terrebonne.

Due to its proximity to the residence, Bayou Blue Elementary School was placed on “lockdown” during the incident, but returned to normal school operations after Sampay surrendered

Sheriff Craig Webre applauded the efforts of all responding agencies. “Our newly-formed Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management was once again up to the task in this situation,” said Sheriff Webre. “CMU members from every agency in the parish were able to respond quickly to the scene, and in the end, our negotiators were able to convince the subject to surrender. A peaceful end to any standoff is a major success because it not only prevents the subject from taking his own life or the lives of others, but it keeps our officers out of harm’s way.”

The Lafourche Parish Interagency Crisis Management Unit consists of highly-trained personnel from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Golden Meadow Police Department, and the Port Fourchon Harbor Police. Sheriff Webre additionally thanked members of Louisiana Probation and Parole, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Acadian Ambulance, and the Bayou Blue Fire Department for assisting with the response at yesterday’s scene.