JP deputy fired after taser incident

Published: Aug. 3, 2012 at 2:49 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 at 2:49 AM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn
Robert Hoobler (Courtesy: Times-Picayune)
Robert Hoobler (Courtesy: Times-Picayune)

A fired Jefferson Parish deputy now faces charges stemming from a taser incident.

Deputies say 56-year-old Robert Hoobler turned himself in Thursday morning and was booked with one count of malfeasance in office.

Sheriff Newell Normand fired Hoobler over the taser incident earlier this year.

Hoobler is accused of firing a taser at Leron Anderson last November after arresting him in Gretna for violating a protection order.  This happened while Anderson was in handcuffs in the back of a deputy's vehicle, after he allegedly kicked the door and broke the car window.

The sheriff's office says Normand fired the deputy after viewing video from the incident.  Sheriff Normand ordered a criminal investigation be conducted into Hoobler's actions.  The S.O. says Hoobler agreed to meet with investigators but, when he was advised of his rights and charges against him, they say he refused to provide any details of what happened.