The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect fired at deputy from back


HARVEY, La. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, sheriff’s deputy (all times local):

10:30 p.m.

The sheriff of a deputy who was shot and killed says the suspect flipped around as the officer was trying to search him, went chest to chest with the officer, pulled out a gun and reached over the deputy’s shoulder to shoot him in the back.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said during a news conference Wednesday that the suspect fired two more shots into the deputy’s back at point-blank range as he fell to the ground.

Normand identified the suspect as 19-year-old Jerman Neveaux.

A spokesman, John Fortunato, said Neveaux has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder and assault.

Normand said the suspect admitted shooting the officer and said he was on probation for another offense and didn’t want the officer to find the gun and arrest him.

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10 p.m.

Authorities have identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy as 19-year-old Jerman Neveaux.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says ballistics positively linked a gun in Neveaux’s possession to the Wednesday death of Deputy David Michel.

Michel was shot three times in the back after stopping a pedestrian along a busy street in the suburb of Harvey about 12:20 p.m.

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9:15 p.m.

A neighbor of a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy who was shot and killed says he always checked on his neighbors and had a smile on his face.

Lisa Jackson, a 49-year-old cook in New Orleans, said Wednesday that Deputy David Michel was a “neighborhood guy.”

Authorities say Michel was shot and killed in the nearby town of Harvey. A suspect has been detained.

Michel’s home was quiet Wednesday and no one answered the door. A blue ribbon was tied to the mail box.

Jackson said she didn’t know him well, but knew he liked to take his boat out and go fishing.

She had also tied a blue ribbon to her porch as a token of remembrance.

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7:15 p.m.

A woman in a New Orleans suburb where a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed says the suspect was hiding in her backyard when police rushed in and detained him.

Geralisha Henderson said she went to her back door Wednesday to make sure it was locked after police combing her street said they were searching for a suspect. She said she saw what appeared to be a young man hiding in the yard.

Frightened, she went to the street and waved for an officer. When she went back into the house the man was closer and asking to be let in. Then officers rushed in and detained him in the backyard.

Officials say 50-year-old Deputy David Michel was shot and killed after stopping a pedestrian along a busy street.

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4:30 p.m.

A local coroner says a sheriff’s deputy killed in suburban New Orleans was shot three times in the back.

Authorities said 50-year-old David Michel (mih-SHELL’) Jr. of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office died Wednesday afternoon. A sheriff’s spokesman says Michel was shot after stopping a pedestrian along a busy street in the suburb of Harvey about 12:20 p.m.

Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich (sih-TAN’-ah-vich) said Michel was shot “straight in the back.” Details on the caliber of the weapon used were not released.___

3:20 p.m.

The sheriff’s deputy shot to death on a busy suburban New Orleans street has been identified as 50-year-old David F. Michel (mih-SHELL’) Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato said a suspect in the Wednesday afternoon shooting is in custody. Fortunato says the suspect is at University Medical Center in New Orleans, being treated for minor injuries. Fortunato says the suspect is believed to have been hurt in a struggle with Michel prior to the shooting.

Michel died at that same hospital. Fortunato said the shooting happened in the suburban area of Harvey after Michel stopped the suspect, who was walking along busy Manhattan Boulevard around 12:20 p.m.

Fortunato says witnesses told investigators the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband during a struggle with Michel. Michel was shot several times.

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1:30 p.m.

Authorities in Louisiana say a deputy has been shot and killed after stopping a pedestrian on the street in a New Orleans suburb.

Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, said at a televised news conference that the deputy died Wednesday afternoon after he was shot in the city of Harvey. He had been taken to a hospital in New Orleans. The identity of the deputy has not been released.

A search was underway for a suspect.

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This story has been corrected to show that the coroner’s first name is spelled Gerry and Michel’s age was 50.

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