Troy Mott, 42, is charged with two counts of attempted murder of Eunice police officers. He is also charged with aggravated battery and aggravated flight from an officer.Officer Michael Perry pulled him over on Eisenhower Street near US Hwy. 190 about 2 a.m. on Jan. 11.
Police allege Mott backed up and struck the unit of Officer Jeremy Ivory, who arrived as back up.
Ivory was getting out of the unit at the time and was knocked back into it. Mott then, police assert, drove toward Perry, who fired his gun as he moved out of Mott’s path.
Officer Johannes Heinen, approaching on foot, also had to get out of Mott’s way, police claim. As he did so, he also fired toward Mott’s BMW.
It was subsequently learned that one shot hit Mott in the shoulder.
A chase ensued and ended near the old Dresser Building.
A departmental investigation said the shooting was within department rules. State Police have not yet reported on their investigation, which is a required probe when a police shooting occurs.
Mott’s bond was set at at total of $111,500 by Judge Ellis Daigle.
The suspect’s criminal record dates to 1988 when he was arrested in Marksville on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana.
He received a three-year sentence that was suspended and he was placed on probation, records show.
In September 1989, he was charged with aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault by the Avoyelles Sheriff’s Office.
Six months later he was charged with misdemeanor theft in Baton Rouge.
On March 12, 1991, his probation from the 1988 cocaine charge was revoked in favor of the three-year sentence.
In June, 1996 he was charged in Gretna with possession of stolen property and two years later was charged with simple battery by the same department.
In August 1999, the Lafayette Sheriff’s Office arrested him on simple battery and aggravated assault charges.
In November of the same year, he was charged by LSO with attempted armed robbery.
In December 2000, he received an eight-year sentence, suspended, with three years probation to end on Nov. 7, 2003.
Before then, on Aug. 6,, 2003, he was arrested in Eunice and charged with speeding (65 in a 45) and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. He got 24 hours in jail on the former; 35 days on the latter.
Evidently neither his probation nor his suspended sentence was revoked. He was arrested in June 2004 in Eunice on simple battery, resisting an officer and violation of a protection order charges.
He was fined $150 on the battery charged and given six months in jail, suspended, conditioned on two years of in the domestic abuse program, 10 eight-hour days of community service and staying away from his victim.
The other two charges were dismissed.