Narcotics investigation leads to JPSO shooting in Metairie

Narcotics investigation leads to JPSO shooting in Metairie

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies were involved in a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Investigators aid the two men they were chasing were a part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

At the corner of West Esplanade Avenue and Severn Avenue, the two men were confronted and surrounded by agents.

That is when deputies said the driver, Jonathan Arnold, 22, rammed a deputy's car and then pulled forward and tried to hit agents that were standing in front of the car.

"They saw them discard something out of the vehicle which was later discovered and believed to be the heroin they knew for a fact they knew was inside of the vehicle," JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. "As the pursuit continued when they got to the intersection of West Esplanade and Causeway Boulevard near the Exxon station, they threw a semi automatic handgun out of the vehicle."

Arnold was transported to University Hospital. His injuries are considered to be non-life threatening. Kraft is in custody.

Agents started firing into the car. Arnold was shot in the arm.

Deputies said the chase continued and ended on Causeway Boulevard near Interstate 10 where they pinned the silver SUV on the bridge. Officers were able to arrest Arnold and his passenger, Justin Kraft, 26.

The sheriff's office would not say how long this investigation have been going on and they did not say whether they believe Arnold or Kraft shot at the agents from inside their vehicle. They said they would have to wait for ballistics to come back from the gun they found.

Copyright 2015 WVUE. All rights reserved.