Son of new NOPD chief accused of punching ex-girlfriend in the face

Police: Son of new NOPD chief arrested

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The son of newly sworn-in NOPD Superintendent is facing battery charges in connection with a “domestic dispute," after turning himself into police Tuesday evening (Jan. 22), according to court documents.

Officers booked Shane Ferguson, 21, with one count of domestic abuse battery after allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face over the weekend.

According to his arrest warrant, Ferguson was in an argument with his ex-girlfriend when he spit in her face. The warrant states Ferguson struck the woman to the left side of her chin with a closed fist after she spit back in his face. Police said Ferguson attempted to hit her again, but she fell to the ground and the woman’s friend sprayed Ferguson with mace.

Documents show he then fled the scene. The warrant also states police asked the alleged victim a series of questions.

When asked, “Do you think he will seriously injure or kill you, your children or someone close to you?” The woman answered, “Yes, he threatens me non-stop.”

Court paperwork indicates the two were together for about two years, but the relationship ended in December. They never lived together, never had children and they have no documented history of domestic violence.

A Municipal Court judge issued a stay away order in the case.

The NOPD said Superintendent Shaun Ferguson wanted to be clear that while this is a family matter, police will treat this like any other investigation.

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