GRETNA, La. – The Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty for the man suspected of fatally shooting a Sheriff’s Office deputy earlier this year.

District Attorney Paul Connick announced the decision Thursday morning after a grand jury indicted Jerman Neveaux on a count of first-degree murder in the death of Deputy David Michel.

Authorities have said Neveaux shot Michel during a struggle after Michel stopped Neveaux on Manhattan Boulevard in June.

“We believe the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Detective Michel warrant the harshest penalty,” Connick said in a prepared statement. “After consulting with my staff and Detective Michel’s family, I have decided that my office will seek the death penalty.”

Neveaux also was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts of resisting arrest by force or violence and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.