Sulphur man accused of shooting father ruled unfit to stand trial

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man accused of shooting his father then barricading himself in the family’s home on Bankens Road north of Sulphur was ruled

mentally unfit to stand trial.

Judge Ron Ware ruled Chad Dean Peshoff, 42, mentally incompetent Wednesday in state district court at the recommendation of

Dr. Patrick Hayes, a psychiatrist.

Peshoff is accused of shooting his father on Jan. 26. A 4 1/2-hour standoff ended when police threw flash-bang grenades and

tear-gas into the home, authorities said.

Peshoff is charged with attempted second-degree murder.

Hayes said Peshoff is being “undermanaged” and that with medication and proper treatment he could be “reconstituted.” Ware

ordered Peshoff sent to a hospital in East Feliciana Parish “expeditiously.”

Peshoff has been hospitalized at a

mental facility twice and has a history of bipolar disorder and

psychosis, Hayes said.

He said that because Peshoff’s previous hospital stays were short,

it is possible that Peshoff’s mental health could be rehabilitated

to a point he could stand trial within “months.”

Hayes said that when he examined Peshoff on Aug. 2, Peshoff understood the court proceedings at a factual level, but not at

a functional level. Hayes said Peshoff showed symptoms of schizophrenia.

Because timeframes were unknown for

when Peshoff would be sent to East Feliciana and when a report from

there would be available,

Peshoff’s next court date was not set.

Peshoff is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $750,000 bond.