Police say unarmed teen shot in Marigny was not a threat
A 14-year-old boy, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, is in critical but stable condition and the man police say shot the teen is now out on bond.
Police say Marshall Coulter was unarmed and appeared to be alone when he was shot once in the head by 33-year-old Merritt Landry.
Landry told police he found the teen near his car inside his fenced-in Marigny yard just before 2 a.m. Friday.
A neighbor said his security camera caught the teen jumping Landry's fence eight minutes before police arrived. He also claims his video shows teens riding by on bikes earlier in the night, checking out houses and parked cars.
According to court records, Landry said when he approached Coulter the teen made a move "as if to reach for something" and that's when he pulled the trigger.
Detectives, however, say one witness statement does not match up with Landry's account.
Police say they found one shell casing 30 feet from where the 14-year-old was shot.
Investigators also say the teen was not trying to enter Landry's home at the time and that he did not pose a threat to Landry.
Police say that's why Landry was for attempted second degree murder.
If Coulter does not survive his injuries, police say they will upgrade Landry's possible charge to second-degree murder.
Landry a building inspector for the City of New Orleans, bonded out Friday and has been suspended without pay from his job, pending the outcome of the case.