On October 2, 2017, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael James Hortman, 51, a resident of Callendar Road in Bogalusa. Hortman is charged with aggravated domestic violence battery and second degree attempted murder.
The arrest resulted from a 911 call. As the Sheriff’s Office dispatcher was receiving the call from a woman in obvious distress, the telephone line was disconnected from the caller’s end. Patrol deputies responded to the residence and could not locate anyone there. Deputies were later able to locate the victim at the Bogalusa Police Department.
Deputies learned that Hortman had used a pistol to strike the victim in the head, striking her so hard as to leave an impression. All the while, he was making threats of death and violence towards the victim. At one point, he aimed the pistol at the victim’s head and pulled the trigger. When the weapon didn’t discharge, he reloaded the pistol and fired several rounds inside the residence.
The victim was able to flee the residence, at which time she drove to the Bogalusa Police Department. Hortman, meanwhile, fled to McComb, Mississippi, where he was located and arrested by the McComb Police Department. He was returned to Washington Parish and placed in the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held with no bond set at this time.
Sheriff Randy Seal bluntly stated his disdain at what had occurred. “This was a totally inexcusable event. No man is ever justified in abusing his wife, or anyone else, in such a manner. There is only one place for a man who would do such a despicable thing, and that place is jail. I am so pleased that the victim is safe and that our officers responded and handled this situation so quickly.”