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Police claim ‘ambushed’ Louisiana officer shot himself, altered facts

The 25-year-old has been released after being booked on criminal charges and has been placed on administrative leave
Pineville police Officer John Michael Goulart Jr., 25, is on administrative leave and has been...
Pineville police Officer John Michael Goulart Jr., 25, is on administrative leave and has been charged with one count each of criminal mischief and malfeasance in office, authorities say.(Sources: KALB, Rapides Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 3:19 PM CDT
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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB/Gray TV/PPD) — The Pineville Police Department says the officer who allegedly was ambushed Sunday night actually shot himself.

PPD says the officer, identified as 25-year-old John Michael Goulart Jr., shot himself, concealed his weapon and altered the facts.

Goulart has been charged with one count each of criminal mischief and malfeasance in office. He was released on his own recognizance after being booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

The officer also has been placed on administrative leave.

PPD says Goulart originally claimed that he was shot once in the leg and that a second shot hit the rear door of his police unit while he was at a shopping center at the corner of Military Highway and Donahue Ferry Road.

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB / PPD) - A Pineville police officer claimed that he was ambushed Sunday around 11:20 p.m. while exiting his patrol unit at a shopping center at the corner of Military Highway and Donahue Ferry Road.

The officer, identified as John Goulart Jr., said he was struck once in the leg and a second shot hit the rear door of the unit.

Deputy Chief Darrell Basco, the Pineville public information officer, said this based on these claims: “There were shots fired at the officer. The officer didn’t return fire on anybody. He was exiting the patrol vehicle at the shopping center whenever he was ambushed by an unknown person at this time and two shots were fired. One striking him, and the other hit the vehicle.”

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