LAFOURCHE PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Gheens man arrested for domestic battery on Friday is the first person in Lafourche Parish to be charged under a new law named for a local shooting victim.
Michael Head, 46, of Gracie Lane, was charged with violating a statute that prohibits someone previously convicted of domestic abuse battery from possessing a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon for 10 years.
The statute, also known as the Susan "Pixie" Gouaux Act, was signed into law earlier this year by Gov. Bobby Jindal as part of a package of multiple bills aimed at preventing domestic violence.
Just after 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 26, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Head's home. Deputies learned that Head had been arguing with his wife when the altercation turned physical. At one point, Head allegedly pulled his wife's hair and slammed her to the ground, but he eventually left the home. While they were at the scene, deputies discovered a rifle on the floor of the living room. Deputies were unable to locate Head and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Friday, Head was fond at his home and taken into custody without incident.
Head's criminal history includes 16 prior arrests, including four for domestic abuse battery. He pleaded guilty to domestic abuse battery in February of 2011, and could not have a gun under the new state law. Deputies confirmed that Head had received a letter from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office informing him of the new law.
Head was booked with domestic abuse battery and possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.