LAKE CHARLES, LA — On August 21, at 2:29 a.m. Lake Charles Police received a 911 call in reference to a disturbance.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a man was inside a residence in the 300 block of McNabb Street with a gun. As police officers approached the home they could see that the man was armed with a large caliber handgun.
It was soon learned that the home was also occupied by two children ages 6 and 7. Police negotiators and members of S.W.A.T. began speaking with the suspect and after nearly 3 ½ hours, the children were allowed to leave. A short time later the suspect exited and was arrested without incident.
After the scene was rendered safe, police learned that the suspect arrived at the residence and began arguing with his girlfriend, the home owner. He then shot one round outside and then one inside. According to detectives, the female fled to call police and the children were held hostage by the suspect.
Kendal Runnels, 33, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with two counts of Kidnapping and one count of Illegal Discharge of a Firearm.