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Sheriff quells threat as ACSO deputies face down gunman

NATCHEZ — A tense domestic situation ended Wednesday evening after Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield apparently talked a gun-wielding man into surrendering his rifle.

Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Smith was responding to a disturbance at 123 Cardinal Drive at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday — the victim had told dispatchers her husband was drinking and tearing the house up — when Larry Glenn Parker Sr., 60, exited the house with the victim in tow, an Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

Parker was reportedly carrying a .30-06 rifle with a scope on it, and when the deputy told Parker to put the gun down, he refused and started yelling and pointing the gun at the deputy. Smith eventually convinced Parker to allow the victim — who was using a walking aid — to move away from him and behind the deputy’s car.

A second deputy — Dustin Smith — arrived at the scene, and Parker allegedly threatened him with the gun as well, stating he wanted to speak with the sheriff, the spokesperson said.

After a dispatcher notified the sheriff of the situation, Mayfield and several other deputies arrived on the scene, and the sheriff approached Parker and talked him down, convincing him to hand over his guns.

In addition to the rifle, Parker surrendered a .22-caliber handgun, the spokesperson said.

Parker was arrested on charges of two counts aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer in the line of duty with a weapon and simple assault — domestic violence. He was detained without bond Thursday.