Sheriff: Accused deputy killer 'lurking' before fatal shooting
GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said his investigators have evidence that the man who is accused of killing a deputy was looking for a weapon and someone to rob, just 24 hours before Detective David Michel was gunned down.
Jerman Neveaux,19, was released from the hospital Friday morning. He had a couple of lacerations and a broken bone, Normand said.
The sheriff said Neveaux admitted the gun used to allegedly shoot and kill Michel was stolen, but investigators have yet to find out where or whom it was possibly stolen from.
He also had a phone on his possession. The JPSO was able to download communication between Neveaux and a friend.
The sheriff read some of the messages at his news conference.
"Ask cuz does he know someone selling a tool." Tool is slang for a gun.
"I got somebody we could jack out a tool. We could jack out a f**king brother. I know, somewhere we need to come up on some money."
"You mean you going to? No son. I'm going to f**cking tell you Tyrese that's dead."
Normand said he talked to the individual that Neveaux was texting. He said investigators confirmed Neveaux was looking for more weapons. The texts were sent approximately one day before Det. David Michel was shot on Manhattan Blvd.
The sheriff said Neveaux was lurking. He explained the definition of lurking is, "to go rob or kill a ni**a." He said the term is somewhat unique to New Orleans, according to the Urban Dictionary, which is a crowd sourced website that provides definitions of slang.
"The talk about lurking and who they're going to 'jack up' because they need money ... It's the same kid who says he doesn't want to go to jail, so he's going to kill a deputy," Normand said.
Investigators have also learned more about what happened after Michel was shot on Wednesday in Harvey. Neveaux allegedly shot Michel once in the back. The deputy tried to crawl away, but Neveaux pulled the detective by his hair and shot him two more times. Then he took the deputy's handgun and ran from the scene, but ran back to the scene, dropped the gun and grabbed his shoes that came off during the chaos, according to Normand.
He said it is now in the hands of FBI civil rights investigators and he will no longer address the video. The FBI would not comment on their investigation.
Neveaux is now represented by council and has been transferred to the St. Charles Parish Correctional Facility.
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