February 3, 2009
On Saturday, Feb. 14 an enforcement division agent with the
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) was injured
during a traffic stop in Calcasieu Parish.
Working in the area of Jeff Davis Line Rd. in Calcasieu Parish,
Senior Agents Chris Hoag and Jonathan Verret initiated a traffic
stop at 8:30 p.m. after observing Tony Gerard Richardson, 19, of
Iowa fail to stop at a stop sign.
As Senior Agent Verret made contact with the driver, Richardson
grabbed the agent's arm and fled in his vehicle, dragging the
agent a short distance before he was released. Senior Agent Verret
sustained injuries to his leg, arm and hand as a result of the
incident and was later treated and released from Lake Charles
Richardson fled the scene with an unidentified passenger and his
vehicle was later located, having been abandoned. Richardson
turned himself in to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office on
Monday afternoon. The identity of the second suspect who was
riding with Richardson is still unknown at this time.
Richardson has been charged with failure to use a turn signal,
failure to stop at a posted stop sign, battery of a police
officer, attempted first degree murder and aggravated flight from
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has knowledge of the second
suspect should call Ray Price with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's
Office at 337-491-3700.