A Crescent City Connection police sergeant booked in October on a count of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly shooting his wife in the face and arm during an argument at their home in Metairie has been charged instead with negligent injuring, a far less serious offense.
David J. Kramer Jr. was charged in court documents by Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office Tuesday, the day before a 24th Judicial District Court commissioner was set to rule on whether the District Attorney’s Office had taken too long in deciding whether to accept or refuse the charge against Kramer.
Negligent injury carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Much of the statute deals with dog attacks, though the charge is defined as “the inflicting of injury upon the person of another by criminal negligence.”
Just before 3 a.m. Oct. 24, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from Kramer’s stepdaughter, who said Kramer had shot her mother and was about to shoot himself.
When deputies arrived, Kramer’s stepdaughter and a friend were leaving the house in the 4100 block of Clearview Parkway, according to a police report.
The stepdaughter told police her mother was lying bleeding on the bathroom floor, while Kramer was on their bed holding a silver revolver to his head, the report said.
As police took positions around the house, Kramer called 911 and told the dispatcher he had put the gun in a closet and wanted to surrender. The dispatcher told him to come out with his hands up, which he did soon afterward, clad in an orange shirt, shorts and sandals. He refused to answer questions without a lawyer present, the report said.
After Kramer was taken into custody, his stepdaughter told police that her mother had come up to her room, distraught, about 1:30 a.m. and told her that she had found a nude photo of a female relative on Kramer’s cellphone.
She asked her daughter, who was not identified in the police report, to put the phone in a safe and went downstairs. The girl said that shortly afterward, she could hear Kramer and her mother arguing, followed by a loud “pop” sound.
The girl went downstairs and saw Kramer on the bed and her mother, Julie Johnson, on the bathroom floor.
Johnson was taken to a hospital and has since been released.
Kramer, who remains under house arrest, was placed on administrative leave following the incident. The CCC police unit is part of the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Kramer’s age is listed on the police report and in court records as 46, though charging documents have his age at 51.
Connick’s office does not comment on open cases.
Kramer’s attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
The case was allotted to Judge Glenn Ansardi’s court.
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