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SUSPECT FIRES WEAPON AT SECOND DISTRICT OFFICER

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:26 PM

this morning, around 2:30 a.m. Second District Patrol Officer Erroll Harris notified Headquarters of a 2000 Infinity, grey in color, with no license plate, driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed in the 2300 block of Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey. Harris, activated his overhead lights and sounded his siren in preparation of making a traffic stop on the vehicle, however, the driver of the Infinity began to flee. Upon reaching the 2600 block of Manhattan Blvd., and while continuing at a high rate of speed, the driver of the Infinity attempted to make a u-turn on Manhattan, and while doing so, struck the embankment and caught fire.

Officer Harris exited his JPSO unit an observed the driver, described as a black male, exit the vehicle in an attempt to escape. Harris drew his duty weapon and ordered the suspect to show his hands and surrender. Harris reported the suspect at that point reached into his waistband and retrieved from it, a handgun at which time he began firing the weapon multiple times at Officer Harris. Harris retreated to the ground and began to return fire. As Officer Harris stood up he continued to pursue the suspect, firing his weapon one time additionally at him. The suspect pointed his weapon in Harris’ direction, but did not fire. He continued into the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. Neither Officer Harris nor the suspect were shot. Harris was treated on the scene by EMS for minor abrasions to his hand and knee.

A perimeter was established around the apartment complex and a search, aided by Air 1, K-9 and additional officers went underway for the suspect. A short time thereafter, the search was suspended. The suspect remains at large.

An NCIC check of the 2000 Infinity revealed it was registered to a female in Baton Rouge and not reported stolen. Investigators determined the suspect vehicle was sold by the female in November of 2010 to Infiniti of Baton Rouge. Investigators will continue to locate the current owner of the vehicle.

Upon inspecting the suspect’s vehicle, Crime Scene technicians recovered a cartridge in the front center console. A syringe was also located on the exterior driver side portion of the suspect’s vehicle. Several spent casings from Officer Harris’ 9mm duty weapon were recovered by our Crime Scene technicians. All indications appear the suspect may have had a revolver, due to no spent shell casings being recovered.

The wanted suspect is described as a B/M, 22-28, 140-150, black short hair, wearing khaki shorts, white t-shirt, white tennis shoes and white socks.

Anyone with information in this matter, or who knows the identity of the wanted suspect, is asked to contact Detective David Spera at 364-5300 or Crimestoppers.


Colonel John N. Fortunato
Commander,
Public Information Office
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office
1233 Westbank Expressway
Harvey, LA 70058
504-363-5521 Office


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