Officer accused of shooting wife charged only with ‘negligent injuring’ _lowres

David Kramer Jr.

A former Crescent City Connection police sergeant pleaded guilty to negligent injury Wednesday in an accidental shooting at his Metairie home that left his wife wounded last year, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office said.

David Kramer Jr., 46, was ordered to serve six months of probation after admitting he hurt his wife by shooting her in the face and arm during an argument on Oct. 24.

Kramer was initially jailed on a count of attempted first-degree murder after the incident. But prosecutors ultimately opted to charge Kramer on March 22 with a far less serious offense after “reviewing the evidence in the case,” the DA’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.

Before Kramer’s plea was accepted by 24th Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Ansardi, the defendant’s wife, Julie Johnson, testified that she and her husband had argued over a photograph of a nude female relative on his cellphone. That photograph caused Johnson to ask Kramer to sleep elsewhere that night, she testified.

As Kramer was retrieving his pistol from his closet to leave, Johnson tried to stop him from taking the weapon with him, she testified. The gun fired once, and the bullet went through Johnson’s arm before striking her in the side of her head, she testified.

“I don’t know if I did something to cause that, when I went to reach” for the gun, Johnson testified, according to the DA’s Office.

The DA’s Office added that Johnson called her shooting “an accident,” and she said she hoped to reconcile with Kramer, whom she did not fear.

Ansardi on Wednesday dissolved a protective order keeping the couple apart at the request of Johnson. Kramer — placed on administrative leave from his following the incident — was also released from home incarceration, a condition of the $100,000 bond he was being held on.

Assistant District Attorney Brittany Beckner prosecuted the case.