Officer released from hospital, police name suspect in Olde Town shooting

Officer released from hospital, police name suspect in Olde Town shooting
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith addresses the media to provide information on the April 3 shooting of a police officer.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith addresses the media to provide information on the April 3 shooting of a police officer.

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell Police Officer shot in the line of duty Friday night is expected to make a full recovery.

According to Slidell police spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau the officer and suspects involved in the April 3 shooting are both in stable condition.

Police responded to a disturbance call around 8:40 p.m. Friday night outside of the Olde Town Tavern near the corner of First and Cousin street. When officers arrived on scene, just outside the Olde Town Tavern, police say 28-year-old Jeremy Lackey pointed a gun at the officers and fired 10 shots.

According to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, police returned fire and during the shoot out and officer was hit in the leg.

Police say a K-9 unit apprehended Lackey shortly after. Police say Lackey now faces three counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.

Lackey has a history of mental issues according to Smith. "Mr. Lackey was an angry individual who desired conflict with law enforcement," he said.

The injured officer is now out of the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

Olde Town is an entertainment district and popular weekend destination that was the scene of a fatal shooting in December 2013, in which two people were killed and six were wounded. The alleged shooter, Jamieon Chapman, was arrested two days later in Vermillion Parish.

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