Two State Police troopers on patrol ran into a street argument at the corner of North Claiborne and Orleans avenues on Saturday and wound up arresting a man for attempted murder, according to a police report.
Abiy Demeke was arguing with the victim at the corner as police rolled by. The disagreement continued onto the neutral ground and then Demeke started punching the other man.
As the two troopers parked their vehicle, Demeke fled from the scene. Sgt. Paul Chamorro chased him around an abandoned building and back onto the street. He fell, hopped back onto his feet, but was apprehended by the other trooper.
Demeke dropped a Smith and Wesson handgun where he fell, according to the report. The victim told officers that Demeke had used the gun both to strike him and to fire off a round while demanding money.
Demeke, 29, has been booked on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, resisting an officer, aggravated battery, simple battery, and criminally negligent discharge of a firearm. Judge Harry Cantrell set Demeke’s bond at $480,000 on Monday.