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Suspect makes disturbing post to social media prior to Slidell officer shooting

1 year 6 months 2 weeks ago April 05, 2015 Apr 5, 2015 Sunday, April 05 2015 April 05, 2015 10:10 AM in News
Source: WWL-TV, Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

SLIDELL - Police are still investigating a shootout that happened Friday night in Slidell that injured one officer.

Neighbors in the Olde Towne community still see remnants of the exchanged gunfire between shooting suspect 28-year-old Jeremy Lackey and Slidell police.

It happened when authorities were called out to a bar around 8:30 p.m. Friends of Lackey told detectives they were trying to escort the suspect out of the bar because he was too drunk and trying to pick fights. They said Lackey then pushed away from them, grabbed a gun from his motorcycle and started shooting at cops when he saw them arrive.

According to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, Lackey also made disturbing posts on social media just three hours prior claiming he was going to be purposely making bad decisions.

"Basically what was said is that he was having a bad day and wanted to make somebody else's day even worse," explained Smith.

Slidell police say Lackey has a history of mental illness and violence.

Lackey was apprehended by the police department's K-9 unit and booked into Slidell City Jail where he faces three counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.

Sergeant Laigast, an 8-year veteran of the department, was released from the hospital Saturday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.

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