NEW ORLEANS – One of three deputies on trial for a jailhouse death of a 19-year-old female inmate in 2014 was rushed to the hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday.
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Capt. Andre Dominick was taken to University Medical Center Thursday for an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Sheriff James Pohlman did not release Dominick’s condition but said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Dominick is one of three deputies facing federal civil rights charges, accused of "deliberate indifference" regarding the grave medical condition that caused the death of 19-year-old Nimali Henry in 2014. The deputies are charged with allowing the gravely ill Henry, a new mother, deteriorate and die under their watch. Henry had been arrested on questionable and relatively minor charges in March 2014, but died of a rare but treatable illness after 10 days in jail.
The trial for this case did not resume Friday, but attorneys met with U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle, who promptly announced a suspension to the trial. A court official said the trial is delayed indefinitely.
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