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Police officer arrested after fistfight with fireman was caught on video

Slaughter Fire Chief Billy Poché resigned Tuesday night, a fire department captain said, following a plan Poché made when he was appointed in 2016.

Capt. Kelly Davis said Thursday that Poché notified Slaughter Mayor Robert Jackson and Mayor Pro Temp Janis Landry on Tuesday night of his resignation, which became effective on Wednesday.

"When he was appointed in 2016, it was agreed that he would only stay until December of 2019," Davis said. "Slaughter Fire Department wishes him every success and thanks him for his dedication and service."

Davis said Poché had opportunities outside of the Fire Department, which is why he left before the end of the year.

The last months of Poché's appointment were marked by an incident at a Slaughter gas station on the morning of Aug. 8, when then Slaughter police officer Danny Coy Hobgood struck Poché during an apparent argument that was caught on video by a bystander.

Hobgood was arrested on a count of simple battery and resigned the next day.