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NOPD Detective Charged in Domestic Abuse Case


A New Orleans police detective was charged with attempted second degree murder and simple battery Friday, according to a department news release. The charges against Robert Hurst stem from a domestic abuse incident, police said.

 

The NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau received a domestic abuse complaint against Hurst on April 25, 2014. They investigated the complaint against the detective, resulting in today's charges, which were entered by the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office.

 

OPP records indicated Hurst was not booked into the jail as of 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. NOPD placed Hurst on emergency suspension without pay as a result of the charges, according to police.

 

Hurst is a 10-year veteran of NOPD, most recently assigned to the department's 5th District, which covers Marigny-Bywater, St. Roch and the 7th, 8th and 9th Wards.

 

He was one of the lead detectives in the investigation that followed the Mother's Day Shooting in 2013. The detectives' work resulted in the arrest of alleged shooters and Akein and Shawn Scott, and later led to a federal indictment against the Frenchmen-Derbigny Gang.

 

“The Fifth District lead detectives- Robert Hurst, Rayell Johnson and Sergeant Gary Lacabe, did an extraordinary job," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said following the Scott Brothers' arrest on May 16, 2013.

 

But Serpas' praise for Hurst hasn't been limited to praise for a job well done. According to WWL-TV  reports from the time, Hurst was reassigned in 2011 after letting a woman wear his police uniform at Fat Harry's.

 

“And for this particular employee – I can't even bring myself to call him an officer – for this particular employee to be so flippant with the use of this uniform knowing how many people have lost their life in service of this uniform disgusts me to my core,” Serpas told WWL-TV at the time.




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