Homicide detectives arrested the man they believe murdered an NOPD dispatcher and her two children in the garage adjacent to their Gentilly home last week.
Officers booked 41-year-old Shawn Peterson with three counts of First Degree Murder when he came to NOPD Headquarters tonight at about 6:15pm, believing that detectives simply wanted to ask him more questions about the killings.
Detectives say a week ago tonight, Peterson gunned down his former live-in girlfriend, 39-year-old NOPD Complaint Operator Christine George, her 21-year-old daughter, Trisa, and her son, 18-year-old Leonard George. Peterson was Leonard George's father. The shootings happened in the family's garage in the 4400-block of Jeanne Marie Place.
The lead investigator in the case, Homicide Detective Darrell Doucette, first established Peterson as a “person of interest” just hours after the killings, and Peterson came in to speak to detectives the very next day. He gave a statement and left several hours later.
Investigators then checked all of the elements of his alibi, and found that much of the information he provided didn’t pan out. They also obtained additional evidence over the last few days which gave them reason to secure a warrant this afternoon for his arrest.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “It’s no exaggeration when I say our homicide detectives sometimes don’t leave the office for 24-hours at a time when they’re working their cases. I want to thank Detective Doucette and the officers who assisted in this case for their tireless work. This tragedy claimed the lives of not one, but three members of the NOPD family. Christine George served the people of New Orleans well.”
Shawn Peterson has been previously arrested for 1st Degree Murder, Manslaughter, Conspiracy to Manslaughter, 1st Degree Murder During a Crime, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated battery, Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Domestic Violence, Simple Kidnapping, Simple Battery, Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Extortion, Possession of Crack, Possession of Marijuana. Peterson is currently on parole until 2018 for Attempted 2nd Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm.
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Contact: Remi Braden