The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS— A police officer remained in critical condition Tuesday, a day after he was shot in the face by a man he was chasing.
Officer Andreas Gonzales, 25 and in his third year with the New Orleans Police Department, was shot in the face when he ran after a passenger who had bolted from a car after a traffic stop.
He was recovering in Charity Hospital's intensive care unit in suburban Jefferson Parish, police spokeswoman Bambi Hall said.
Eddie Harrison III, 21, was booked Monday with attempted first-degree murder.
The shooting happened in the Algiers neighborhood on the west bank of the Mississippi River.
Police said the incident began as a traffic stop in which Joshua Hall, 17, was arrested for miscellaneous traffic violations and placed in a police cruiser. When his passenger — Harrison — bolted, Gonzales followed. He was shot a few blocks away, police said.
A manhunt by about 60 officers caught Harrison, who was booked with resisting arrest and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Harrison is also facing a federal charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Tuesday.
Letten said in a news release that Harrison had been convicted of armed robbery in 1999.
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"It is our intention to work closely with the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office and ensure that they are able to bring all available state charges against this defendant," Letten said.