Man arrested in Mardi Gras slaying and other New Orleans crime news

Police arrest man, 24, in Mardi Gras slaying

New Orleans Police arrested a man Friday in the Mardi Gras Day fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in the 7th ward.

Police said Devin Waterhouse, 24, gunned down 22-year-old Kiran Harris in the 1800 block of Laharpe Street at about 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 12. Harris was shot in the head and died at the scene.

Detectives took Waterhouse into custody Friday when he reported to the Weekend Warriors program at the Orleans Parish Prison.

Waterhouse was required by the Municipal Court to participate in the program after he was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon. The program requires offenders to report to prison every Friday and remain incarcerated until Sunday.

Police said Waterhouse has previous arrests for illegal possession of a weapon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, battery, and disturbing the peace.

“I appreciate the work of homicide detective Theo Kent, who stayed on this case until he gathered the information necessary to make this arrest,” police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said.

Officer suspended after DWI arrest, accident

A New Orleans police officer was placed on emergency suspension without pay Sunday after he was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated during an early morning car accident, according to New Orleans police spokeswoman Remi Braden.

Jayson Germann, 38, was driving his department-issued 2002 Chevrolet Impala at 2:30 a.m. on the Interstate 10 twin span when he slammed into the left guardrail, said State Police spokesman Nick Manale.

Manale said Germann, who lives in Bush, veered into the right lane and collided with a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Frank Hyde, of Slidell. Both parties were wearing their seat belts and were uninjured.

According to Manale, both drivers agreed to take a breathalyzer test, which showed their blood alcohol content was over the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle in the state. A breathalyzer reading of 0.08 percent is considered presumptive evidence of drunken driving.

Germann was arrested and transported to jail in Slidell, where he was booked with DWI and reckless operation. Hyde was booked with DWI.

Germann, who is currently assigned to an NOPD gang intelligence unit, will remain on emergency suspension without pay until the department’s public integrity bureau conducts an investigation in his case.

The car accident is being investigated by State Police Troop L.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau