BATON ROUGE – Deputies have identified the suspect in Saturday’s fatal shooting and hours-long standoff on W Chalfont Street.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said Henry Williams III shot his neighbor, 26-year-old Ronald Leduff, after a verbal and physical altercation outside his home.
Deputies said Leduff arrived at his home on W Chalfton Street around 5 p.m. and casually greeted his neighbors, leading to a verbal argument and physical fight with Williams. Witnesses reported Williams confronted Leduff while dressed in all black, wearing a ski mask, “what appeared to be a ballistic vest and a handgun holstered to his side.”
During the fight, Williams eventually pulled a gun and shot the unarmed Leduff several times, according to the sheriff’s office. Williams then barricaded himself inside his home, armed with a rifle.
Upon arrival, authorities established a perimeter around the suspect’s home while they made efforts to get him to peacefully exit.
Williams allegedly shot at deputies and SWAT from inside the home. Williams was taken into custody after being injured in an exchange of gunfire with authorities.
Leduff was transported to a hospital but later died from his injuries.
Williams was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of illegal use of a weapon, second-degree murder, simple battery and illegal use of a weapon. His bond has been set at $1,780,000.
According to Parish records, Williams had a warrant out for his arrest for holding utility employees at gunpoint in March.
The warrant said three employees from Denham Springs Gas Company were replacing a valve and updating a gas meter when Williams came outside with a gun and demanded the employees undo their work. The victims told deputies while they were trying to leave, Williams fired one round into the grass near them and then “began waving [the gun] around, while screaming,” so they repaired Williams’ meter with old parts so they would not be shot.
Williams was additionally booked with three counts of aggravated assault upon a utility service employee with a firearm, three counts of false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, one count of simple battery and illegal use of a weapon.