Man hits La. officer with car; massive manhunt ensues



NEW ORLEANS — A traffic stop in a normally quiet Algiers neighborhood on Wednesday resulted in a massive manhunt after a man wanted in an armed robbery reportedly hit a New Orleans police officer with his vehicle, then led police on a car and foot chase.

He was eventually captured hiding on the roof of a building.

The incident began near the intersection of Boyd Street and Gen. Meyer Avenue, said Officer Sabrina Richardson, a spokeswoman for the New Orleans Police Department. Officers spotted a man in a car identified as Billy Reed, age and address unknown, who was wanted in an armed robbery.

Richardson said an officer attempted to make a traffic stop, but Reed sped off along Gen. Meyer. Officers eventually stopped his vehicle along the Mississippi River levee near Patterson Street, but when they approached his car, he shifted into reverse and hit an officer while fleeing, Richardson said. Officers fired several shots at Reed, but didn't hit him, she said.

Police chased Reed's car through several neighborhoods, ending near the intersection of Downey Street and MacArthur Boulevard, Richardson said, where Reed abandoned his car and fled on foot.

Several dozen officers responded to scene and created a perimeter around Woodland Drive, Eton Street, MacArthur Boulevard and Rhodes Avenue. Police dogs searched the neighborhood, and Reed was found on a rooftop in the 5800 block of Downey Street, Richardson said.

The officer hit in the incident, who was not identified by police, left the scene on a stretcher but had only minor injuries, she said.

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