Warrant: Suspect boasts, 'I'm 'bout to kill this cop'

Shooting scene (FOX 8 photo)
Shooting scene (FOX 8 photo)

Police interviewed 26-year-old James Wilson after he turned himself in Monday. The warrant for his arrest, obtained by NOLA.com | The Times Picayune, sheds new light on what may have led to the shooting of Officer Jonathan Smith.

Smith was working a paid detail Sunday morning at Gene's Po-Boy in the Marigny. The document says Wilson told police he was with his friend, Cornelius Barthelemy, and another man known as Ceasar, when the trio drove up to the restaurant at Elysian Fields and St. Claude avenues.

According to the warrant, Wilson told police that Barthelemy parked their SUV and said to him, "I'm 'bout to kill this cop."

Surveillance video shows two men, believed to be Barthelemy and Ceasar, walking up to the restaurant. Moments later, the video shows them stumbling from the scene.

Officer Smith was shot twice. He was able to return fire eight times before the suspects jumped into the white SUV and took off.

The vehicle was later located at an apartment complex in Gretna. Barthelemy was shot in the torso, taken the hospital and then arrested. Ceasar was found dead in the backseat of the SUV.

Barthelemy and Wilson are booked with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder of an officer. Both are jailed without bond.

The officer is recovering in the hospital.

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