A strange case of an attempted murder/suicide with a romantic component has unfolded over in the Warehouse District.
At the center of the case, a 29-year old trial assistant in the District Attorney’s office.
It all began Sunday when Jermaine Martinez Green arrived at the first floor apartment in the Cotton Mill, a trendy rehab condominium development on Poeyfarre Street.
The residence belonged to his apparent former lover who was home at the time with another man.
Green is reported to have fired a gun several times at the men, sending one scurrying into the bathroom of the apartment, the other fleeing the apartment for get the building security guard.
After the volley of gunshots into the bathroom, Green reportedly yelled “I shot myself!”
Another shot rang out then eerie length of silence.
Green was on the floor dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
When police arrived, according to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, their initial investigation was that of a murder.
After questioning, it was determined to an attempted murder/suicide.
The paper spoke with the uncle of the deceased who described Green as a… “Loving person, a sweet person, loved by his community, and loved by the people he went to school with — he had a huge heart," Uncle Kyle Banks stated. "We want to make sure whatever happened is being investigated and is brought to light — and not in the press."
Green reportedly joined the District Attorney’s office in April as a trial assistant in the juvenile division. Previously he worked in the New Orleans Police Department Crime Lab and was a corrections officer with Jefferson Parish at the jail in Gretna.
"Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of Jermaine Green," District Attorney Jason Williams said in a written statement Tuesday. "He was a valued, positive member of our team who was dedicated to serving the people of New Orleans and supporting the DA’s Office’s mission of securing justice and increasing safety in this city. It is incredibly unfortunate that he is no longer with us; his presence and impact will certainly be missed."