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Friday, April 12, 2019

Bond set at $750,000 for man accused in officer shooting at Mid-City gas station


Michael Baker, 18, was booked Friday, April 12, 2019, with attempted murder of a police officer.

A magistrate commissioner Friday (April 12) set a $750,000 bond for an 18-year-old man accused of shooting a New Orleans police officer at a Mid-City gas station.

Michael Baker Jr. is charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. Police said the officer was shot in the leg while attempting to pat down Baker, who was identified as a suspicious person inside the store.

According to a probable cause affidavit for Baker’s arrest signed by NOPD Sgt. Travis Ward, the officer reached toward Baker’s front waistband, and Baker moved his hands toward where the officer was reaching.

“The officer was then shot in his leg by a gun that was concealed,” Ward wrote.

Defense attorney Brian Woods said at Baker’s first appearance hearing that attempted first-degree murder requires specific intent to kill. The arrest warrant doesn’t say Baker pulled the trigger, Woods said.

Magistrate Commissioner Albert Thibodeaux said Woods made an “excellent observation and argument,” and noted the warrant makes a case for probable cause for Baker’s arrest.

Woods objected to Thibodeaux’s bond amount.

via nola.com
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Michael Baker, 18, was booked Friday, April 12, 2019, with attempted murder of a police officer.
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