The "local ex-law enforcement officials getting arrested" wire has hit again. Former Jefferson Parish 2nd Justice Court Constable Tony Thomassie was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm after allegedly pointing a gun at two persons in a drunken stupor.
Thomassie was Constable of the 2nd Justice Court for more than 27 years. He lost re-election in 2014 in the wake of a Fox 8 investigative report by local legend (and impeccably eyebrowed) Lee Zurik. Zurik caught Thomassie on video several times drinking in a bar during work hours. In 2018, Thomassie pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office after additional allegations arose, including charging monthly badge-fees to deputy constables, depositing garnishments into his personal bank account, and hiring his wife in violation of state nepotism laws.
In his most recent arrest, Thomassie had allegedly been drinking for several hours (between noon and 3pm) at a local bar when he was approached by a 49-year old woman who described herself as a long-time friend. Thomassie drew a pistol after the woman urged him not to drive home and told the woman that he would shoot her and a male companion. As a commented on nola.com wryly noted, "day drinking is a skill, not a hobby."