Suspect in officer’s shooting previously arrested on murder, robbery charges

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Michael Dabney (via opcso.org)

Michael Dabney (via opcso.org)

The 35-year-old man charged with wounding a New Orleans police officer in an exchange of gunfire Monday evening in Central City has an arrest record that murder, robbery, drug cases and several violent confrontations with police, authorities said.

Michael Dabney was on parole until next year for convictions of possession of heroin and cocaine and second-degree battery, said NOPD Officer Garry Flot. His lengthy arrest record released by the NOPD began with an armed-robbery and murder case when he was 16, according to a report by The Advocate.

The officer who was injured has been identified as 34-year-old Troy Pichon, who has been with the New Orleans Police Department for four years and spent nine years previously as a city firefighter. Pichon and another officer attempted to stop Dabney as he was walking on Third Street on Monday evening, police have said, but Dabney attempted to flee and began firing on the officers as he ran.

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