Suspect in officer shooting has history of confronting police
SLIDELL - An officer is expected to make a full recovery after he was shot in the leg by a suspect.
The Slidell Police Department says it happened while Sgt. Cliff Laigast was responding to a disturbance at a bar in St. Tammany Parish on Friday night.
Detectives say the suspect, Jeremy Lackey, has a history of confronting police including in California.
Witnesses told police they tried to escort Lackey out of the bar, because he was drunk and trying to pick fights. They said Lackey then pushed away, grabbed a gun from his motorcycle and started shooting at officers when he saw police arrive.
Police exchanged gunfire until Lackey was apprehended by a K-9 unit.
Detectives say Sgt. Laigast is now at home recovering and are still carefully investigating the incident.
Officials say Lackey suffered multiple dog bites and was brought to the hospital.