An employee of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office barged into a Warehouse District condominium Sunday where his ex-lover was with another man, fired a gun at one of them, then shot himself to death, authorities said.
Few details have been released about the attempted murder-suicide that occurred inside the Cotton Mill condo complex in the 900 block of Poeyfarre Street. But law enforcement sources on Tuesday identified the assailant as 29-year-old Jermaine Martinez Green, a trial assistant in the juvenile section of the DA’s Office.
The man was killed by one of his own bullets during an argument, police said.
It was about 9:15 p.m. Sunday when Green — holding a pistol — went into a first-floor apartment to confront two men, including a man with whom he previously had a romantic relationship, a source said.
After seeing the gun, one of the men locked himself in a bathroom and called 911 while the other ran outside to notify the building’s security guard, the source said.
Green allegedly fired a number of rounds into the bathroom before exclaiming, “I shot myself,” the source said.
The man inside the restroom heard one final gunshot before a prolonged, unsettling silence. He emerged to find Green dead, the source said.
Once police arrived, officers detained at least one of the men as a possible murder suspect. But after examining the apartment, questioning both men and interviewing the building’s security guard, police classified the encounter as an attempted murder-suicide.
A handful of Cotton Mill residents said Monday they had been given few details about exactly what happened the previous night. A couple cited an email from the building’s management which called Sunday’s events “a domestic incident … that turned tragic.”
“Please rest assured that the proper authorities are handling the investigation and that no one else’s safety is at risk,” the email added. “We are fully cooperating with the authorities but cannot discuss this private matter.”
Green joined the DA’s Office in April and had been working there as a trial assistant in the agency’s juvenile division as of July 21, according to public records obtained by The Times-Picayune.
Green had previously spent two years working in the New Orleans Police Department’s crime lab and forensics division. Before that, he served as a corrections officer at the Jefferson Parish jail in Gretna.
His LinkedIn profile said he obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and communications from Southern University at New Orleans in 2017. The profile also lists a master’s in criminal investigations and law enforcement leadership completed this year.
Attempts to contact Green’s family have been unsuccessful, and the DA’s Office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But there was a flood of condolences posted on social media for Green and his family,
“I know we shouldn’t question God but this I can’t help but to question,” read one tribute. “Why him, God? (He was) an amazing person who bothered no one.”
Another added: “This is truly a devastating loss for not only our community but the city as well.”
Staff writer Matt Sledge contributed to this report.
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