Deputy's troubled past shows problems before Waffle House rampage

Deputy's troubled past shows problems before Waffle House rampage

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A former Orleans Parish sheriff's deputy who was recently fired has a history of violent outbursts, according to his personnel file.

On July 7, Paul Sylvester was arrested after he allegedly shot at strangers riding in a car downtown and assaulted a young man at a Gentilly Waffle House while in full uniform.

NOPD charged Sylvester with aggravated assault with a firearm.

Sylvester joined OPSO in 2010. Documents obtained by FOX 8 show Sylvester was accused of punching a woman in the mouth at a nail salon in 2010 while he was employed with the Sheriff's Office. 
The woman was hospitalized with a swollen lip.
Sylvester was charged with battery, but the charge was later dropped. 
He is also accused of flashing his gun at a group of men and threatening to kill them in 2011. Police booked Sylvester with aggravated assault with a firearm, but that charge was also dropped. 
On May 5, 2011, the Sheriff's Office suspended Sylvester for the convenience store incident. On May 12, 2011, Sylvester was involved in another incident where he allegedly threatened a restaurant owner and threw a drink at her while he was in uniform.

Sylvester was sent to counseling for that incident.

FOX 8 also obtain documents from NOPD about Sylvester's history. The records show that Sylvester was accepted into the NOPD's academy in 2008, but he was later dropped because he did not meet minimum requirements.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman did not return FOX 8's request for comment.

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