Vernon Holden found guilty in case where he held gun to officer's head

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Vernon Holden, 51 of Alexandria, has been found guilty on all six counts he faced.

Vernon Holden | Photo Source: RPSO

Holden was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department in January for holding a gun to an officer's head during a stop for a traffic violation.

He was charged with battery of a police officer, obstruction of a public passage, armed robbery with a firearm, two counts of disarming a police officer, two counts of firearm possession by a felon, and resisting arrest with force or violence.

Holden blamed the incident, in which he allegedly used the officer's TASER against him before holding a gun to his head, as "cultural differences," stating: "The officer is alive and is probably a due diligent peace officer trying to do his job, but perhaps due to cultural differences, he misunderstood me and him. Again, I apologize for that."

On Monday, Holden declined a last-minute plea offer from the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

News Channel 5 spoke to the officer who was the victim in the crime about the verdict. He gave us this statement: "I think it's a very fair verdict. It's a long process, but a good ending."

Holden will be sentenced on Sept. 26.

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