After several moments of yelling and gesturing with the machete in one hand, Carruth appears to remove the weapon from its sheath. The trooper steps closer with his Taser and fires it, causing Carruth to drop to the ground.
"The trooper assessed the situation and, as deputies assisted, the trooper used his Taser to safely subdue the man," state police officials said in a Facebook post.
It was around 3 p.m. when Carruth showed up in the park, located near city hall's Perdido Street entrance, NOLA.com reported. It was not clear what Carruth was angry about, but he underwent a mental evaluation at the hospital, the news site said.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell called the disturbance an "unfortunate, frightening event" in a statement obtained by NOLA.com.
"I'm grateful to all of our law enforcement partners, including our building security team, the NOPD, the OPSO and the Louisiana State Police for moving quickly to resolve the situation," Cantrell said. "Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt and the individual in question was taken into custody, where he can be evaluated with regard to his mental and medical condition."
“Mental health issues are a serious component of our commitment to addressing public safety as a matter of public health, and I hope this individual is able to get the treatment he needs.”