January 08, 2004
La. Deputy Killed in Bank Robbery
Officer Down: Deputy Sidney Zaffuto - [New Orleans, Louisiana]
The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A bank robbery turned into a shootout Thursday
that killed one deputy, wounded another and also wounded two of the
The uninjured robber fled from the bank but was caught a short
distance away, authorities said. The two wounded robbers were taken
to a hospital.
Deputy Sidney Zaffuto, 50, died from a wound to the chest, while
Capt. Andrew Jenkins, 48, was shot in the leg, Sheriff Charles Foti
Jenkins was expected to recover, Foti said.
"He's got some broken bones, lost a lot of blood," Foti said. "He's
waiting to see if there's nerve damage, but after some proper time
for convalescing, hopefully he'll be back on duty."
Sheriff's spokeswoman Mary Baldwin Kennedy said the deputies were off
duty and working a private security job for the bank when the robbery
The shootout took place inside a branch of Iberia Bank in the Algiers
section of the city, across the Mississippi River from the French
There was no word whether any customers were in the bank or how many
tellers were at work.
Police cruisers could be seen blocking highway exits and downtown
intersections to keep lanes open for ambulances coming across the
Mississippi River bridge to the city's Charity Hospital.
Foti said all three suspects, whose names he did not give, were in
their 40s and 50s. Details were not immediately available on the
conditions of the two wounded robbery suspects.