METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans man is behind bars after leading Jefferson Parish deputies on a car chase resulting in the suspect and officers to exchange gunfire, according to a JPSO spokesman.
It all started Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. when narcotics officers received information regarding a suspect, identified as 27-year-old Bernard Lampton of New Orleans, who was believed to be in possession of a large amount of drugs.
Police observed Lampton in a silver Mazda SUV stopped in the 4100 Haring Road in Metairie.
After activating their police lights, the officers exited their vehicles in an attempt to approach Lampton.
The suspect inside of the SUV fired his weapon at the officers. A projectile shattered the driver's window of a police unit.
Investigators say officers returned fire and that's when the driver of the SUV accelerated in the direction of the agents, resulting in one of them being struck. He was not injured.
The SUV continued fleeing, resulting in a short pursuit onto I-10, ending at the Causeway Blvd exit.
The suspect then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was caught after resisting arrest on I-10 near Causeway Blvd.
Lampton was treated on the scene by EMS and transported to University Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the lower extremities along with injuries in the struggle with the arresting agents.
Investigators seized 61 bags of heroin from the inside of Lampton's SUV.
Narcotics agents searched the areas where the chase took place and recovered two bags containing 78 rocks of crack cocaine along the canal bank at West Esplanade Avenue just east of Haring Road.
A firearm was recovered Wednesday from the drainage canal in the same area where the crack cocaine was discovered. Ballistic testing will be conducted to determine if it was the same weapon fired by Lampton.
Lampton has an extensive prior criminal history consisting of multiple narcotics violations, battery arrests and traffic offenses. He also has a prior heroin conviction.