Opelousas deputy city marshal arrested for domestic abuse battery


ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KLFY)- An Opelousas deputy city marshal was arrested when St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s deputies were called to his home on a complaint of domestic abuse battery.

The suspect’s wife stated that they had gotten into a physical altercation on Tuesday night, but did not want to cause embarrassment to the city marshal due to Potter being a deputy marshal, the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim stated that the suspect, identified as Michale Potter, had woken up “in a bad mood and they argued throughout the day.” His wife left the home, and upon returning later, Potter was standing in the living room and reportedly punched her in the face with his closed fist, authorities said

. “She began to try to defend herself, when Potter grabbed his duty weapon and another gun before living the home,” the department said in a statement.

As result of the altercation, the victim sustained two small lacerations on her face but did not need medical attention.

Early Thursday morning Potter walked into the St. Landry Parish Jail and surrendered to law enforcement and was booked, with bond.

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