PINEVILLE, La. September 24 2020 The Pineville Police Department says the officer who was allegedly ambushed on Sunday night actually shot himself.
PPD says the officer, identified as John Goulart Jr., shot himself, concealed his weapon, and altered the facts.
Goulart Jr. has been charged with one count of criminal mischief and one count of malfeasance in office. He has been booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and his bond will be set by a Rapides Parish District Judge. He has also been placed on administrative leave.
PPD says Goulart Jr. originally claimed he was shot once in the leg and 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.