Former La. police officer convicted of battery for punching fire chief

A video, which surfaced on Snapchat in August, showed a police officer punching a fire chief in the parking lot of a gas station


By FireRescue1 Staff

SLAUGHTER, La. — A former police officer who punched a fire chief at a gas station has been convicted.

WAFB.com reported that former Slaughter Police Department officer Danny Hobgood, 36, was convicted of simple battery. A video, which surfaced on Snapchat in August, showed Hobgood punching Slaughter Fire Chief Billy Poche in the parking lot of a gas station.

The video shows Hobgood and Poche in each other's faces. Hobgood threw the first punch with his left hand, striking Poche in the face. Hobgood later swung a punch with his right hand. The video does not show Poche throwing any punches. 

Hobgood resigned from the department less than 24 hours after he was booked into jail. 

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