UPDATE: Ruston man arrested after pointing handgun at deputy, mimicking shooting

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UPDATE: RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) (10:40 p.m.) — A Ruston man has been arrested after deputies say he pointed a handgun at one of them and mimicked firing a gun.

On Wednesday, September 17, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at 65-year-old Micheal Forney’s home to carry out a search warrant on an unrelated case. In a matter of moments, a routine process became anything but.

“This could have gone bad really quick”, says Sheriff Stephen Williams.

Williams went on to say Forney allowed deupties into his home and showed them where he kept his weapons. They were secured, but when asked if there were any more weapons in the home, that’s when deputies say the situation escalated.

Williams went on to say, “He had his back to one of the detectives he said yeah I’ve got one in my pocket, and immediately just in a split second, it was described to me removed his hand, and inside his hang was a pistol concealed pointed it at the detective and said ‘pow!’”

We’ve seen countless instances where situations like this end with the armed suspect dead, but luck and fast hands were on Forney’s side.

“It was over with before he even realized he had a gun…He didn’t even realize he had a gun in his hand until he was putting the gun back into his pocket”, said Williams.

Forney, was arrested and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he was booked on one count of aggravated assualt on a police officer.

More charges could be added, pending the results of the original search warrant.

Sheriff Williams says, “We’re very fortunate that it did not turn into a tragic situation for everyone there involved.”


RUSTON, La. (KTVE/KARD) (09/17/2020) (10:09 a.m.) — A Ruston man has been arrested after deputies say he pointed a handgun at one of them and mimicked firing it at the deputy.

On the night of September 16, 2020, deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office were executing a search warrant at the home of 65-year-old Michael Forney.

According to an arrest report, Forney told the deputies that there were firearms within the home. One of the deputies asks Forney where and he responded, “In my pocket. Why, do you want to see it?”

Deputies say that when as Forney made that statement, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a “deringer pistol”, pointed it at the deputy, said “Pow!” and made a “recoil-like” motion that mimicked as if he was shooting it at the deputy before quickly returning the pistol to his pocket.

The report states that Forney and the deputy were 8 to 10 feet apart when it occurred. It also states that another deputy and Forney’s wife were in the same room with Forney at the time while the arresting deputy and another deputy were in an adjacent room.

Forney was arrested and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he was booked on one count of Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer. More charges are pending the results of the search warrant.

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