A Gheens man arrested for domestic battery on Friday, September 5th, is the first person in the parish to be charged per a new law named for a local shooting victim.
Michael Head, 46, of 310 Gracie Lane, was charged with violating Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.10, which prohibits someone previously convicted of domestic abuse battery from possessing a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon for 10 years.
The statute was created by House Bill 753, also known as the Susan "Pixie" Gouaux Act, which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Bobby Jindal as part of a package of multiple bills aimed at preventing domestic violence.
Just after 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Head's residence on Gracie Lane. Through investigation at the scene, deputies learned Michael Head had been arguing with his wife when the altercation turned physical. At one point, Head allegedly pulled his wife's hair and slammed her to the ground, but he eventually fled the residence.
While they were at the scene, deputies discovered a rifle on the floor of the living room. Deputies were unable to locate Head at that time and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Friday, September 5, deputies made contact with Head at his residence, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Head's criminal history includes 16 prior arrests including four for domestic abuse battery. He pleaded guilty to domestic abuse battery on February 15, 2011, and therefore, could not possess a firearm per the new state law.
Deputies confirmed Head received a letter sent by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office informing him of the new law and that he could not possess a firearm for 10 years due to his 2011 conviction.
Head was charged with domestic abuse battery and possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery.
He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.
Michael Head is the first individual to be charged for the violation of the new statute created by House Bill 753.
The bill was named in honor of Susan "Pixie" Gouaux who was shot and killed on December 26, 2013, during a shooting spree by her former son-in-law, Ben Freeman.
Freeman also killed his wife, Denise Freeman, and his former boss, Ochsner St. Anne Hospital CEO Milton Bourgeois, before taking his own life that night.
Gouaux's husband, Lafourche Parish Councilman Phillip Gouaux, and their daughter, Andrea Gouaux, were both shot and injured in the shootings that night along with Bourgeois' wife, Ann.
In addition to the 10-year prohibition for those convicted of domestic abuse battery, the bill further prohibits those subject to a protective order from carrying a firearm for the duration of the order
Michael Head is the first person in Lafourche Parish to be charged per a new law named for a local shooting victim.
Posted on Tue, September 9, 2014
by Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office