NEW ORLEANS -- Police have released the identity of a man arrested for shooting a New Orleans police officer in the leg Monday night in Central City.
Michael Dabney, 35, was booked on two counts of attemtped first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and a parole violation, according to the website for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.
According to police, Dabney has a rather lengthy rap sheet and was on parole for second-degree battery and heroin and cocaine possession at the time of the shooting.
Dabney, according to police, has been previously arrested for first-degree murder, illegal carrying of a firearm during a crime, resisting a police officer, battery on a police officer, flight from police officers, felon with a firearm, several simple and armed robberies, possession of a weapon, several batteries and aggravated batteries, several domestic violence, damage to property, violation of a protective order, possession of stolen property, theft, contraband in jail, trespassing, disturbing the peace, traffic and warrants.
Four-year veteran Officer Troy Pichon, 34, was shot to the leg around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Third and Lasalle streets. Pinchon is expected to be discharged from the hospital sometime Tuesday.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that the officers were patrolling the Central City area, when they passed the gunman, and made eye contact. The gunman then started running and appeared he was reaching for a gun, Serpas said. Officers tried to engage him, and Serpas said the gunman responded with gunfire. At least one officer fired back. Multiple shots were fired.
The officers were patrolling the area as part of the chief's initiative to engage the community in crime hot spots, Serpas said.
Dabney was apprehended by the NOPD canine unit in the 2200 block of Third Street, and taken into custody, early Tuesday morning. He was not injured in the gun fight but was taken to the hospital for apparent dog bites.