Man who shot at Police admits to being in NOLA gang

Man who shot at Police admits to being in NOLA gang
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:11pm

A K-9 officer caught a suspect who police said shot at them while attempting to flee on Friday night.

The incident happened about 10:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Fourth Street in Slidell.

Officers said they responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot that appeared to have been in accident.

When officers went to investigate, Jared Populis, 19, dashed away, attempting to evade police, they said.

After jumping a fence, police said Populis fired at police with a silver Cobra .380 caliber pistol.

Police said that after the gunfire, they called in K-9 Sarge to find and apprehend Populis. Sarge caught Populis in the 300 block of Teddy Avenue while Populis attempted to jump another fence, police said.

Populis was taken to Slidell Memorial Hospital to be treated for minor dog bites.

When questioned, Populis said his gun accidentally discharged while jumping the fence, but police said evidence contradicts his statement.

Police said Populis admitted to being in a gang in New Orleans. He was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and resisting an officer by flight.

He is being held in the St. Tammany Parish Jail where a bond has not yet been set.

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