Suspect shot, officer injured in Louisiana police chase


GRETNA, La. (AP) — A teenage suspect driving a stolen car was shot by police during a chase near New Orleans as he traded gunfire with patrol cars and struck one officer with his vehicle while plowing through a barricade, authorities said.

The 17-year-old suspect, who had an outstanding warrant on aggravated assault charges, was shot in the stomach and taken to a New Orleans hospital, said Jefferson Parish sheriff’s spokesman John Fortunato. Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said one of his officers had an injured leg after being hit by the fugitive’s car.

The chase started Thursday night after officers spotted a Kia Optima that had been reported stolen Dec. 3, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand. The driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase. During the pursuit, the fleeing driver fired gunshots at two patrol cars, Normand said.

The pursuit entered the city of Gretna, a few miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River, where officers set up a barricade, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2hVMbQp). The car went through the roadblock and hit the Gretna officer, the police chief said.

Finally the car drove onto a sidewalk and into the front yard of a home. The suspect fled on foot but was soon captured.

John Saltzman, who was working in the attic of a building nearby, said he heard dozens of gunshots.

“I stopped counting at 65 rounds,” Saltzman said.

The races of the suspect and the officer who shot him were not immediately known.

 

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