FOX 8 CrimeTracker: Suspects in shootout have lengthy records

Left to right: Darryl Johnson and Darrin Jones (Source: Gretna Police)
Left to right: Darryl Johnson and Darrin Jones (Source: Gretna Police)

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - In the course of an undercover heroin buy, West Bank Major Crime Task Force members decided to stop Darryl Johnson, the driver of a black Infiniti, and his passenger, Darrin Jones.

The stop, though, ended in a shootout behind a strip mall on Claire Avenue in Gretna when police say the suspects tried to run over officers.

One officer was shot, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time.

The two suspects were hit multiple times.

Darryl Johnson is in critical condition, while Jones is in stable condition at the hospital. Both have been in and out of the criminal justice system for years.

"Darryl Johnson has an extensive criminal record in New Orleans and a minor record in Jefferson Parish. He's accused of crimes of violence, carrying a concealed weapon, crimes of convicted felon with a firearm and conviction of drugs," says Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana.

Christiana says Johnson is also currently on probation for being a convicted felon attempting to carry a firearm.

Darrin Jones has also been on the wrong side of the law many times, and his criminal history has Christiana scratching his head.

"It's a spider web that we are trying to untangle right now. We know that back in 2009 he was convicted of a drug charge. There may have been some weapons involved in that case as well," says Christiana.

In that case, Jones was sentenced to a six-month suspended sentence, meaning no jail time. He was also placed on probation.

Then, in September of 2010, the NOPD arrested Jones for a double murder in Central City. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and was sentenced to nine years.

But Jones didn't serve nine years. In fact, he only spent about 3 years in jail before he was released earlier this year on good time.

"To be faced with a thug, whatever you want to call it, a murderous, violent individual that goes and does three years - or the system allows him to do three years - get out on good time only to turn back around and be in the same position they were in previously selling drugs and carrying guns is disturbing," says Christiana.

Police are still investigating the shooting incident.

Detectives searched the suspects' car and say they found a substantial amount of heroin and a gun inside.

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