MARRERO, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish deputy shots a bank robbery suspect Thursday after he chased him into a nearby neighborhood.
Gerry Whatley happened to be outside working on his house when he says he heard a loud crash across the street.
“Then, I heard the shots," Whatley said. "That's when I jumped down and crawled around the side of the building.”
“I heard the car pass real fast, and I said something happened. Then I heard the crash,” said Patricia Frank.
Frank was inside her home next door. She said when she started hearing the gunshots, she knew something terrible was happening.
“Honey, I was on the floor on my belly,” she said.
She later came outside to find a GMC Suburban crashed into her neighbor's house. The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Brandon Gray, had been shot by a Jefferson Parish deputy.
Investigators say it all started when Gray robbed the Iberia Bank on Barataria Boulevard.
“Third District Patrol Officer Ted Raymond spotted the blue suburban vehicle at Ames Boulevard. He attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his blue overhead lights. The vehicle refused to pull over,” said JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
A chase began, and they say Gray led several deputies into the Lincolnshire neighborhood off of Lapalco Boulevard. Gray finally came to a stop when he crashed his SUV into his home in the 2100 block of Constantine Street.
“The suspect at that point, jumped from the vehicle armed with a handgun, also carrying a plastic bag that contained the money taken from the bank,” Fortunato said.
Investigators said Gray pointed the gun at deputy Ted Raymond, and that's when the deputy opened fire. Gray was hit once in the leg, but it didn't stop him from running.
“They found him in my neighbor's yard. He jumped a lot of fences. He was a good jumper, but he wasn't a good runner,” said resident Mary Butler.
Deputies say they also recovered the money stolen from the bank.
“The plastic bag that he had with all the money in it, hit the bumper when he jumped out of the car. It opened up and all the money just sprayed everywhere,” Fortunato said.
The suspect, Gray, is being treated at University Hospital and will later be arrested.