SLAUGHTER, La. (AP) – A Louisiana police officer filmed punching a city fire chief in the face has been arrested and charged with simple battery.
News outlets report Slaughter police officer Danny Coy Hobgood was arrested Wednesday after the fight at an area gas station that morning.
Witness video shows Hobgood squaring off with Fire Chief Billy Poche, who’s suddenly hit with a left hook to the face. He blocks a second blow and the two men return to their fighting stance before Hobgood again punches Poche, who then walks away. The cause of the fight is unclear. Poche isn’t seen throwing any punches in the video.
East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis tells reporters Police Chief Dave Almond asked his department to investigate the fight after learning one of his officers was involved.