A Eunice Man is behind bars after firing a few shots from a rifle to threaten his step children.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's spokesperson Major Eddie Thibodeaux said around 4 p.m. Monday witnesses reported 32-year-old Frederick D. Stevens was pointing a rifle at the children and firing six or seven rounds.

Other calls were received reporting Stevens was beating an 18-year-old female and threatening another 15-year-old.

Once on the scene, deputies recovered the AR-15 used in the assault hidden underneath a bed in Steven's room.

Deputies were able to view a video captured on a cell phone of Stevens threatening the 15-year-old female while holding the rifle.

The investigators determined the victims involved were Steven’s stepchildren.

Stevens was arrested on the following charges:

  • Illegal Use of Weapons
  • Aggravated Assault  with a Firearm
  • 2 Counts of Domestic Abuse Battery
  • Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

No bond was set for Stevens, who is a convicted felon.

“I want to commend our deputies in the quick response and very professional action taken in this case.  Our deputies undergo strenuous training to handle these complaints for a peaceful end to a violent situation.  Anytime a weapon is involved the results could be deadly.”  --Sheriff Bobby Guidroz