Man charged with terrorizing businessman

A Choudrant man was arrested Monday evening after the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of an incident at a La. Highway 145 residence.

The victim stated Casey Bagwell came onto his property and appeared to be about the ram his vehicle into the residence. The victim said as the vehicle approached his residence at an unreasonable speed, he fired numerous shots at Bagwell’s vehicle because he feared for his safety and that of his family. The victim said Bagwell had been coming to his place of business in Ruston for several weeks, threatening him and his coworkers.

Bagwell was no longer at the scene when deputies responded but he was located at his residence where he had barricaded himself inside his shop. Eventually Bagwell stepped out of the building with cutting shears in his hand and he was the directed to drop it. 

Bagwell was arrested and he said all LPSO deputies were going to die. He was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for criminal damage to property, terrorizing, and three counts of public intimidation.

An additional charge was added to his booking sheet later for tampering with surveillance, accounting, inventory, or monitoring systems. The nature of that charge was not immediately available.

Bail was set at $12,500.

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