A police officer shot Friday night in the Olde Towne section of Slidell is “doing fine” and is expected to make a full recovery, a Slidell Police Department spokesman reported Saturday morning.
The man accused of shooting the officer is in custody with non-life-threatening, but unspecified injuries, Sgt. Daniel Seuzeneau said. It was unclear whether the suspect had been shot as well. WWL-TV reported the suspect suffered dog bites after being apprehended by a K-9 officer.
The incident began about 8:40 p.m., when police were called to respond to a disturbance at a bar, according to Seuzeneau. When an officer arrived at the intersection of First and Cousin streets, shots were exchanged, Seuzeneau said.
The officer was hit and the suspect was apprehended by a K-9 officer, Seuzeneau said. It was unclear who had fired first, he added.
He did not release the name of the bar that called in the original report of a disturbance or the names of the officer or suspect.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said Saturday that the investigation is on-going and releasing too many details at this time could jeopardize the case. He said more information would be released at the appropriate time.
Olde Towne is an entertainment district with many bars and restaurants. It is a popular weekend destination.
It was the scene of a shooting in December 2013 in which two people were killed and several others wounded. The alleged shooter in that case, Jamieon Chatman, was arrested two days later.
He faces two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted first-degree murder. His trial is scheduled for May.