Suspect shot following two-parish police chase in New Orleans
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The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — A suspect was shot by police and two others were arrested after a chase Wednesday that began in Jefferson Parish and ended in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans.
The incident started about 3:30 p.m. in Gretna as deputies began following a vehicle with three suspects wanted in connection with a murder Tuesday in Terrytown, Sgt. Carlton Lewis of the New Orleans Police Department said.
When the pursuit reached Lee Circle near the New Orleans Central Business District, Jefferson Parish deputies lost sight of the vehicle and called for help and New Orleans police continued the chase into the city's university area, Lewis said.
The suspects lost control of the car, crashed and fled the vehicle, Lewis said. One of the suspects brandished a 9mm pistol and two police officers fired before the man got off a shot, striking the shooter in the abdomen three times, he said. Bullets also grazed the man in the head and back, Lewis said.
"We were warned by Jefferson Parish deputies, who initiated the chase in Gretna, that these guys were known to engage in a firefight without hesitation," Lewis said.
"I heard a crash, a couple of crashes actually," Randy Roig, who witnessed the incident, told a New Orleans television station. "I saw a bunch of guys getting out of the car and running and then the gunshots started, five, six, seven in a row, at least. That's when I hit the ground."
A K-9 unit tracked the other two suspects — Shawn Lee, 23, and Jarret Dixon, 25 — and found them hiding under a nearby house. They were taken into custody.
A 40-caliber handgun, equivalent to what officers are assigned, was found near by, Lewis said. "When Jefferson Parish asked for help, units from the Second and Sixth districts converged immediately, which prevented them from getting out of the vicinity and stopped them from having time to dispose of the weapon they had," he said.
All three suspects, whose hometowns were not immediately available, were booked with resisting arrest and attempted murder of a police officer but police said more charges are pending.
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