NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office deputy was shot in Metairie Sunday night, according to JPSO spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde.
The shooting was reported in the parking lot of the Wyndham Garden Hotel in the 6400 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
The deputy that was shot has been identified as Deputy Christopher Haislup, according to JPSO Public Information Officer Jason Rivarde. He has been with the department for 11 years.
The suspected shooter, Tyronne Louis, 38, is at large, according to JPSO.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said deputies were called to the hotel for a disturbance. Lopinto said Haislup was escorting Lewis outside when he took off running.
According to Lopinto, Lewis turned around and began firing a weapon at Haislup, striking him once in the elbow and once in the lower leg.
Lopinto said Haislup did not shoot back, and is recovering at an area hospital.
“To see his face, even though it was a grinning face, when he got out of the ambulance was a good feeling from my perspective," said Lopinto. "I’d much rather visit a person in the hospital than in the funeral home. This officer’s obviously married and has young children. We don’t want anybody to be harmed. This is never a good time but in the middle of the Christmas season, this is not something that should ever happen.”
Lopinto said Haislup will have surgery in the coming days.
JPSO is now being assisted by State Police, the FBI, ATF and the U.S. Marshals.
Crimestoppers announced that a reward has been increased to up to $10,000 for information on Lewis.
Anyone with information on Lewis' whereabouts are urged to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.