GRETNA, LOUISIANA – A former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning, two days after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a malfeasance-in-office charge. Robert Hoobler, 56, of Gretna was booked with the charge involving an incident in November in which Hoobler is accused of tasing a suspect multiple times.
Hoobler had arrested a person wanted for a violation of a protective order, said Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman. The suspect was handcuffed and put into the rear seat of Hoobler’s JPSO marked unit, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“While en route to the (Jefferson Parish Correctional Center) and while driving in the 500 block of Cohen Street in Marrero, the suspect removed his seat belt, turned sideways and began kicking the rear door of the police car,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “Hoobler stopped his police unit, exited the driver’s side and approached the rear door of his unit. It was at that time the suspect continued kicking the door, eventually breaking the window. Hoobler drew his taser while continuing to order the suspect to stop resisting. After repeated orders were ignored, Hoobler discharged his taser at the suspect.”
Hoobler reported the suspect continued to resist even after Hoobler used the electroshock weapon “on multiple occasions,” Fortunato said.
The suspect, who was treated for minor injuries consistent with that of taser probes, was transported and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, Fortunato said.
On April 12 of this year, Sheriff Newell Normand ordered a criminal investigation. Hoobler agreed to meet Chief Deputy Walter “Tom” Gorman the same day. After Hoobler was advised of his rights and the charge against him, he invoked his 5th Amendment right and refused to provide Gorman with any details, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Hoobler was fired the next day.
A warrant for his arrest was issued Tuesday, following an investigation, Fortunato said.
Hoobler was credited with saving the life of Grammy-award winning rap superstar Lil Wayne. The musician, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, accidentally shot himself in the chest while playing with a handgun in 1994, and Hoobler helped rush the 12-year-old Carter to the hospital. Hoobler was awarded a life-saving pin for his actions.