Marrero man arrested after putting JPSO deputy in choke hold

Marrero man arrested after putting JPSO deputy in choke hold

MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a Marrero man after he put a deputy in a choke hold, causing the deputy to almost black out, police say.

Deputies were called to the home of 29-year-old John Haaff, in the 1100 block of Francis Street, around 7 p.m., Saturday, after receiving a call of a fight.

Shortly after arriving, the deputies attempted to take Haaff into custody for allegedly hitting his roommate. Haaff then reportedly hit both deputies once before putting one of the deputies in a choke hold, cutting off the deputy's airway and causing him to almost lose consciousness.

During the struggle, the deputies called for help by pressing their emergency buttons. Another deputy arrived on scene and saw the fellow officer in the hold and that his eyes were half-closed. The responding deputy wasn't sure if the officer in the hold was still breathing and began hitting Haaff in the face, trying to get him to break the hold.

Haaff let go of the deputy but kept struggling with the officers. The deputies used a taser and took Haaff into custody.

Haaff was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries before he was taken to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. He was booked with second-degree battery, battery on a police officer with injury and two counts of resisting police by force or violence.

Haaff remains in jail on a $30,000 bond.

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