Memorial for slain JPSO deputy grows

Deputies gather at memorial near Michel shooting scene
Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 11:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2016 at 11:24 AM CDT
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HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - A memorial is growing this morning at the site where Jefferson Parish deputy David Michel, Jr. was gunned down Wednesday.

Family members, supporters and about a half dozen JPSO deputies have come to support, some had tears in their eyes over the loss of one of their own.

Flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and American flags were brought to the site where the 50-year-old was killed in what Sheriff Newell Normand called a "cold blooded murder."

Normand says this is the suspect, 19-year-old Jerman Neveaux of New Orleans.

Normand said Neveaux, who does not have an extensive criminal history, admitted shooting Michel.

The sheriff says Neveaux told them he knew he was on probation and didn't want to go to jail for possession of a gun.

Around 12:30 p.m. yesterday Norman says Michel stopped Neveaux near Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot road after seeing him closely following another man.

Normand says when Michel tried to search Neveaux he pulled a gun and shot the deputy.

Fox 8 obtained exclusive arrest video captured on a cell phone shortly after the shooting. He was arrested in the 1500 block of London in Harvey.

A woman tells us deputies took Neveaux into custody, escorting him through a home to squad cars waiting out front.

His face was bloody. He was hospitalized for minor injuries.

Tips have been coming in, but Normand is asking for anyone with more video, pictures or information to come forward.

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