Press Release City of Winnfield Police Department
October 15, 2020
A burglary suspect was shot after a 5 hour standoff with police in Winnfield during the early hours this morning.
Cornelius Street, 42, of Winnfield had allegedly burglarized a vehicle just outside the city limits on Cedar Drive. City Police and the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the burglary-in-progress. Deputies and Officers attempted to arrest Street at a residence on Front Street. Suspect ran into the house and barricaded himself from police while keeping his girlfriend and 2 young children in the house. Initial attempts to negotiate yielded no positive results. Deputies deployed chemical munitions with no response. Officers then attempted to make entry into the home and were met by a barrage of gun fire.
A SWAT team from the Louisiana State Police were called in to assist. As the standoff entered its 5th hour, SWAT deployed flashbangs and made entry and secured the girlfriend and children to safety. Street started a fire in the area where he was barricaded.
Street was taken into custody shortly thereafter. He has been shot in the jaw. He was transported to the Rapides Regional Medical Center in stable condition By Advanced EMS ambulance. The Winnfield Fire Department were quickly on scene to extinguish the fire. Both emergency elements had been staged nearby until the scene was cleared and safe.
Street faces multiple charges stemming from this incident, including Simple Burglary, 3 counts of Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Arson, 2 counts Cruelty to Juveniles, and 4 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer.
The coordinated efforts of the Winnfield Police Department, the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Winnfield Fire Department and Advance EMS resulted in no lost lives and no injuries to any emergency response personnel.
The incident is now under investigation and review by the Louisiana State Police. Any further comments, if any, will be released by Troop E through their Public Information Officer.