Shreveport Police have arrested a local man following a brief stand-off with authorities at a west Shreveport home Monday. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to a welfare concern at a home in the 3900 block of Melinda Street in Shreveport's Country Club subdivision.
Authorities arrived at the home after receiving a call from a family member advising that a man inside the residence had allegedly shot and killed his elderly grandmother and had communicated threats to harm himself. On officers arrival at the home, contact was made with relatives of the man who identified him as 44-year-old Terrell Iddins of Shreveport.
From the front lawn of the residence, officers were able to initiate verbal and visual contact with Iddins through an opened front door, instructing him to come out of the home. Iddins repeatedly disregarded officers orders to exit the home and threatened to set the structure ablaze.
Moments after broadcasting his intentions, Iddins successfully ignited a five gallon propane tank inside the residence, which quickly fueled a fire that spread flames to a nearby sofa inside the home's living room. Officers entered the home and took Iddins into custody and removed him from the home. Officers extinguished the blaze.
Authorities inside the home found 86-year-old Frances James unconscious in a back bedroom. It was believed that James was not shot, but was rendered unconscious at the hands of Iddins prior to the arrival of first responders.
Shreveport Fire Department personnel transported James to a local hospital for treatment of what was described as potentially non-life threatening injuries.
Shreveport Police Violent Crimes detectives arrived on scene at the home taking charge of the investigation. Authorities later charged Iddins with one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of aggravated arson.
Iddins subsequently was booked into the Shreveport City Jail.