The suspect involved in the shooting of a Slidell Police Department officer Friday night was identified Saturday as 28-year-old Jeremy Lackey.
The wounded officer, Sgt. Cliff Laigast, was shot in the leg. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released. The eight-year veteran of the department is expected to make a full recovery.
Slidell police said a disturbance call was received from the Olde Towne Tavern at First and Cousin streets about 8:40 p.m. According to witnesses, Lackey was drunk and trying to pick fights.
Police said that when they arrived, Lackey was being escorted out of the bar by friends.
For unknown reasons, police said, Lackey pushed away his friends, went to his motorcycle and got a gun.
Officers began ordering him to drop the weapon, but he ignored the commands and pointed the gun toward the officers, Slidell police said. They said he fired about 10 rounds.
The officers returned fire and positioned themselves between the shooter and innocent bystanders, police said.
Meanwhile, K-9 Officer Justin Stokes released the dog Scout, which “apprehended” Lackey before he could fire more shots, police said.
During the course of their investigation, detectives discovered that Lackey had made “disturbing posts” on social media a few hours earlier indicating that he was purposefully going out to make “bad decisions,” police said.
According to a WWL-TV report, Lackey said: “I have some severe mental issues that drag me down, and I can’t function without the medication, but it has all built up today. And I feel like crap. Just ready to be able to survive on my own two feet in life. Everytime I get up life knocks me back down, and I’m tired of falling on the concrete.”
He said he had been evicted, his truck had been repossessed and he was $7,000 in debt.
It was also discovered that five months ago, Lackey was involved in an incident with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in which he barricaded himself inside his apartment with a gun and bulletproof armor, police said.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said Lackey was “an angry individual who desired conflict with law enforcement.”
He said there have been “several documented incidents where Mr. Lackey has challenged and became confrontational with law enforcement across the nation, spanning from California to Louisiana. His intention last night was to kill several of my officers.”
Lackey is being held at the Slidell City Jail. He faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.
“I am proud to say that my officers handled this incident with great heroism and restraint,” Smith said.