A Braintree man shot and wounded by Boston police Tuesday after allegedly opening fire on two officers in South Boston is being held on $2 million cash bail, authorities said.
Paul Eric Louis-Jeune, 21, was arraigned Thursday in his hospital bed in the surgical intensive care unit at Boston Medical Center and pleaded not guilty to three counts of armed assault with intent to murder and seven other gun charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a loaded firearm without a license, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.
“The seriousness of the crime is reflected in the charges,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. “They are serious charges which carry serious penalties. They are charges we take seriously and the public takes seriously.”
Wark said the fact that police officers were involved in the shooting did not affect the charges against Louis-Jeune.
“Obviously it is a serious offense, but the law does not distinguish between whether the victim is an officer or a civilian,” Wark said. “Armed assault with intent to murder applies to any person.”
More than 100 law enforcement officers responded Tuesday to the scene on Old Colony Avenue, according to a police report. Louis-Jeune was also charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance and possession with intent to distribute a Class E substance, Wark said.
Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Louis-Jeune allegedly fired several shots at two uniformed officers at the Mary Ellen McCormack housing development on Old Colony Avenue, Boston police said.
The officers approached Louis-Jeune as part of a drug investigation and chased him when he fled, police said. Louis-Jeune ran to the front of a building in the housing development, then turned and fired several shots at the officers, police said. The officers fired back, and one of the officers shot Louis-Jeune in the chest. Authorities said Louis-Jeune is expected to survive his wounds.
According to a police report, Louis-Jeune brandished and fired a .38-caliber revolver at officers. When the gun was recovered by officers, they found five live rounds and one spent round in the gun’s cylinder.
Officers also found 24 plastic baggies, each containing a “white, rocklike substance believed to be crack cocaine” and 31 white tablets of an unidentified medication, Wark said.
Louis-Jeune’s attorney, Jack Garland, declined to comment on the case or his client, other than to say Louis-Jeune is being “well cared for” at Boston Medical Center. A spokeswoman for the hospital said no further information will be released about Louis-Jeune.
Louis-Jeune was supposed to appear before a New York judge Thursday for a hearing on an open gun case in Kings County, the Globe reported.
On July 27, 2012, New York City police arrested Louis-Jeune after they found a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol, loaded with six rounds, in a car he was riding in. Louis-Jeune was indicted on a felony charge of possession of a loaded firearm, officials said. He pleaded not guilty Sept. 14 and was freed on $7,500 cash bail. Louis-Jeune is due back in South Boston District Court on Aug. 12.Colin A. Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ColinAYoung.