September 24, 2019
I don’t envy these cops working in predominantly black areas.
Imagine risking your life chasing down some rabid coon for the umpteenth time that month and believing that you’re anything more than an Animal Patrol Officer.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a beloved Mandeville police officer and the wounding of another on Friday after a vehicle chase north of New Orleans, authorities said.
Mark Spicer, 21, of Covington, has been booked into jail on a count of first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of stolen property (firearm), according to Louisiana State Police.
Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker confirmed Capt. Vincent ‘Vinny’ Liberto Jr.’s death. Sticker said at a news conference Friday that the wounded officer, whose name hasn’t been released, is being treated at Lakeview Regional Medical Center and is expected to survive.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said the officers were shot after a traffic stop turned into a vehicle pursuit.
LSP said in a news release late Friday night that Spicer refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued along U.S. 190 in Mandeville. During pursuit, the suspect’s vehicle crashed into the ditch along the U.S. 190 southbound off ramp to La. 22. As the incident unfolded, both Mandeville officers were shot by the suspect.
St. Tammany Parish court records show that Spicer pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The year before that, he had received diversion after being booked with possession of a small amount of marijuana, also a misdemeanor.
A passenger in the Spicer’s vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash. State Police did not identify the passenger or say if that person might face charges.
Vincent Liberto Jr.