At approximately 3:30 a.m., September 18, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office was advised of a battery that had occurred on Hansen Road in the Isabel area. Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Louisiana State Police Trooper responded to the call and met with the victim who had significant injuries to her face. She advised that her husband, Ronald Willette, had beaten her that morning and was inside their residence next door. The victim was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was treated and released.
The deputies and trooper then went to Willette’s residence attempting to talk with him. He looked through a window at the officers and refused to open the door after being commanded to do so. Other Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived at the scene and all took up tactical positions around the residence. Officers did not know if Willette had weapons and were concerned about a dog that was inside the residence and barking.
Officers called for backup and several more Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Sheriff’s Office tactical team and a Sheriff’s Office negotiator arrived. After several unsuccessful attempts by the negotiator to talk with Willette and convince him to surrender, the command was given to breach the door. The tactical team gained entrance into the residence and encountered Willette coming out of a rear bedroom. He was taken into custody and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Fortunately for deputies, there were no weapons and the dog was friendly.
Willette, 43, was booked into the jail on charges of Battery Second Degree and Resisting Arrest. Bond has been set at $10,000 with the stipulation that Willette have no contact with his wife. Additionally, Willette was served with a Protective Order prohibiting him from having contact with his wife. If convicted of Battery Second Degree, Willette could face a sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. The penalty for Resisting Arrest is a sentence of up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $500, or both.
“He beat his wife severely, and there is no excuse for that,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “This could have been a dangerous situation for the responding officers and I am so pleased that the incident ended peacefully. Willette is right where he belongs – in jail.”