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Police officer arrested after fistfight with fireman was caught on video

A Slaughter police officer who punched Slaughter Fire Chief Billy Poché at a local gas station Wednesday morning, an incident a bystander caught on video, has been booked into East Feliciana Parish jail on a count of simple battery, East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis said.

Officer Danny Coy Hobgood, 36, was booked after the 7:30 a.m. Wednesday incident at  Jett's convenience store on La. 19 in Slaughter, Travis said.


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Travis said Slaughter police officers and Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the incident. When Slaughter Police Chief Dave Almond learned the altercation involved one of his officers, he asked the Sheriff's Office to take over the investigation, Travis said.

Hobgood, of 114 La. 19 in Slaughter, was arrested after officers interviewed witnesses and reviewed video that included the store's security video, Travis said.

The video shows the two men squaring off at gas pumps at the convenience store, with Hobgood throwing a punch with his left hand, striking Poché in the face. Hobgood later swung a punch with his right hand that did not land. The video does not show Poché throwing any punches.

A statement from the Sheriff's Office says that any subsequent disciplinary or administrative action for the officer, as a result of the incident, is the responsibility of Slaughter Police.

Travis said he didn't know what the altercation was about.

(Editor's note: This article was changed on Fri., April 9, 2019 to update Danny Coy Hobgood's address to 114 La. 19 in Slaughter). 

Email Ellyn Couvillion at ecouvillion@theadvocate.com.