Deputy shoots man in St. Bernard Parish

A St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and wounded a Chalmette man who he said pointed an assault rifle at him early Friday morning.

Steve Minyard, 27, was shot after emerging from his family’s house in the 3700 block of Gallo Drive about 1:40 a.m. carrying an AR-15 assault rifle with a high-capacity drum, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Deputies responding to a call about a disturbance at the home encountered two women outside, one of whom warned that Minyard was inside with a gun, Pohlmann said. Gallo was shot after he came outside moments later, pulled back the bolt of the rifle and pointed the weapon at a deputy, Pohlmann said.

He was booked on counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on an officer and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

Gallo was struck once in the right shoulder. He was treated at a hospital and then released to St. Bernard Parish Prison. A bail hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the deputy who shot Minyard.

Orleans police probe two carjackings

New Orleans police are investigating two carjackings that happened Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The first happened about 5:20 p.m. Thursday in the 3100 block of Gravier Street. Police said a 60-year-old man was accosted by two gunmen who demanded his vehicle, a 2009 black Buick SUV with Louisiana license plate DV6303.

The second carjacking happened about 5 a.m. Friday at Bullard Avenue and Morrison Road in New Orleans East. Police said a 47-year-old man gave a ride to three unidentified men, one of whom put a “foreign object” to his head and demanded the keys to his 2000 red four-door Toyota Corolla with Louisiana license plate H350936.

The victim told police he had met the trio at a Waffle House but “could not remember where the robbery occurred due to his inebriated state.”

Police: Woman attacked in home

An aggravated burglary happened about 3 a.m. Friday in the 2500 block of North Rocheblave Street.

A 42-year-old woman told police she woke up and saw an unidentified man in her home. He threw her down and began kicking her, she said.

Two other men entered the home and began kicking her as well before they stole her cellphone and fled, police said.

Slidell man booked in child porn case

A 19-year-old Slidell man has been booked on 22 counts of child pornography, according to Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office.

Jarrett Wayne Tillman was booked into the Slidell City Jail on Tuesday morning after a search warrant was served at his house and numerous pornographic images of children between the ages of 6 and 14 were found, authorities said.

Tillman was transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail and released Wednesday after posting a $60,000 bond, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Two men booked in church burglary

Authorities in Plaquemines Parish arrested two men Thursday in the burglary Monday of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Port Sulphur. One of the men was previously convicted of breaking into the same church.

Anthony Roberts, 52, and Michael Gaines Sr., 60, both of Port Sulphur, were booked Thursday on burglary of a religious building.

Authorities said Gaines dropped Roberts off near the church about 5 p.m. and waited for him as a “getaway” driver. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Roberts entered the church rectory’s office through an unlocked door and swiped a glass jar filled with about $300 worth of coins.

Roberts and Gaines later spent the money on illegal drugs and alcohol, authorities said.

Detectives said they identified the men as suspects after learning they had visited several Port Sulphur businesses and exchanged coins for cash.

Roberts confessed to his role in the burglary and implicated Gaines, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Roberts had been convicted of burglarizing the same church in 2011. In that case, he stole $5.

He was sentenced to five years at hard labor, but the sentence was suspended and he was given probation and sentenced to drug court.