BPD: Man had gun near ACS

Published 7:41 am Friday, May 20, 2016

A Bogalusa man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, after he allegedly exited his car with a gun near Annunciation Catholic School and threatened a teenaged girl.

Bogalusa Police Chief Joe Culpepper said that Phillip Aasen, 61, was armed with two guns, a bayonet and was wearing body armor. He was at ACS around 3 p.m. to pick up a student from the school.

Culpepper said, according to the police report, Aasen saw a teenaged girl, possibly a high school student, perform an “indecent gesture” at him. Angered, Aasen reportedly exited his car and waved a gun around.

Culpepper said no police witnessed the actual incident, so he declined to offer details.

“I don’t know what triggered him, so I’d hate to speculate,” Culpepper said.

However, numerous eyewitnesses, including many at the school to pick up students, reported Aasen.

“He scared the hell out of a lot of people,” Culpepper said.

Culpepper said that when police arrived, they quickly located Aasen and found a .45 caliber gun lying on a car seat. In addition, police found another gun in his pocket and a bayonet strapped to his side.

Culpepper said the Catholic school went into immediate lockdown, and he praised the school for its quick action.

“Kudos to the school for reacting as they should have,” he said. “We did not notify the high school, because it was over before we could make those kinds of notifications.”

Aasen was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a gun in a gun-free zone, terrorizing people and wearing body armor.