Taetrece Harrison

Taetrece Harrison

A New Orleans lawyer and one-time judicial candidate was arrested this week after pulling a gun on a man who was offering to help her in a South Rampart Street parking lot, according to police.

Taetrece Harrison, 50, was booked on one count of aggravated assault stemming from the Sept. 28 incident.

The victim told police he noticed that Harrison's car had been booted and he was trying to help her when she pulled out a "snubbed nose black pistol" from her car and pointed it at him.

Harrison's attorney, John S. Williams, said his client had already called the service number on her windshield and was waiting for the boot to be removed when the unknown man approached her around 5:40 p.m. 

“She did not know this gentleman,” Williams said. “She had never seen him in her life. … She’s a woman dressed in high heel shoes and a business suit in downtown New Orleans, after business hours.”

The victim said that Harrison, who was parked in a lot at 701 S. Rampart, became upset with him after he “offered her assistance with the telephone number to have a boot removed from her car,” according to a police report.

Harrison yelled at him to stop talking to her, and when the victim began trying to explain that he was only trying to help, she opened the door of her car, reached in and removed a gun, he told police.

She then pointed the weapon at the man and yelled, “I told you to stop talking to me,” after which the victim fled the scene and reported the incident to police, the report says.

The detective assigned to the case, Chantelle Davis, contacted the lot's customer service center and gave it the victim’s description of the car, which matched a car that was booted on the date the crime was reported. The car, a blue, four-door Lexus ES, was registered to Harrison. The victim was then able to point out Harrison in a photographic lineup, and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

Harrison was released on a $500 cash bond Monday. 

Williams said his client was returning from the Hyatt Regency hotel after attending a continuing-education legal seminar and walked to the parking lot, where she discovered two boots on her car.

He said Harrison has a permit to carry a concealed weapon but did not say whether she drew the weapon.

In 2014, Harrison, an attorney with a local private practice, ran against Civil District Court Judge Bernadette D’Souza for a family court judgeship in New Orleans and lost.

Her next court date is Nov. 7. 

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