Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr. | Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, LouisianaJefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff David F. Michel, Jr.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 50
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 22, 2016
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Newell Normand
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 West Bank Expressway
Building B, 5th Floor
Harvey, LA 70058
Phone: (504) 363-5500

Deputy Sheriff David Michel was shot and killed while making a subject stop near the intersection of Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot Road, in Harvey.
A struggle ensued during the stop and the subject was able to pull a handgun from his waistband. He opened fire on Deputy Michel, striking him several times, and continued to shoot at him after he fell to the ground. Deputy Michel was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.4
The subject fled the area on foot but was taken into custody a short time later.
Deputy Michel had served with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for nine years and was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. He is survived by his wife and father.

As news got out about Michel’s death, people began to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial where the shooting happened. One of them was MonaLisa Urbina, 47, who brought flowers and a stuffed animal.

She said she knew Michel, who lived with his family in the same neighborhood as her. She said she first got to know him when he found her two boys riding their bikes instead of being in school.

"He scolded them. He told them not to do it again. And he put fear in them. They never did it again," she said.

Normand said he had visited with Michel’s wife who also worked with the sheriff’s department.

Appearing to choke up at times, Normand praised the fallen officer, saying he wished he had a thousand like him. Michel started as a reserve officer before joining the force full time. The sheriff said he knew he was a good man when his dad told him his son would call him during or after his shift to let him know he was ok.

"I could tell in his dad’s voice that he’s going to miss this short call every day," Normand said.

Deputy Chief Craig Taffaro, who commands the parish’s operations division, said Michel was a cheerful man who loved his job.

"He was a great guy. He was well-liked. It was quite obvious at the hospital how many friends he had," he said.

Michel was assigned to the street crimes unit, which targets drug sales and criminal activity in 17 high-crime areas around the parish, Taffaro said. Michel was in a black unmarked car and dressed in plain clothes with sheriff markings.

Michel joined the sheriff’s office in 2007 and was transferred to the street crimes unit in 2015, Fortunato said.

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