NEW ORLEANS — A suspect in the shooting death of a New Orleans-area sheriff’s deputy has been indicted for first-degree murder and prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick says a grand jury Thursday indicted 19-year-old Jerman (jer-MANE) Neveaux (neh-VOH) Jr. in the death of 50-year-old Detective David Michel Jr. Neveaux also was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, and two counts of resisting arrest by force or violence.

Neveaux’s attorney, Martin Regan, says his client acted in self-defense.

Connick says prosecutors believe the circumstances surrounding Michel’s death warrant the harshest penalty.

Neveaux is accused of shooting Michel three times in the back when authorities say Michel stopped him June 22 as he walked along a main thoroughfare in Harvey.