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Suspects in Metairie officer-involved shooting have lengthy criminal history

Craft (L) and Arnold (R) Craft (L) and Arnold (R)
Deputies investigate a shooting at I-10 and Causeway (Source: Viewer) Deputies investigate a shooting at I-10 and Causeway (Source: Viewer)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

The two men arrested following an officer involved shooting in Metairie have an extensive criminal history, police say.

Deputies arrested two men on Monday following an ongoing narcotics investigation. One of the suspects was shot during a chase through Jefferson Parish.

Deputies say the chase started at the corner of West Esplanade and Severn on Monday afternoon. Officers surrounded a silver Ultima driven by 22-year-old Jonathan Arnold.

At this time, officers say Arnold rammed a deputy's car and then pulled forward and tried to hit agents that were standing in front of the car.

Deputies fired at Arnold's car, striking the driver in the arm.

The car continued to flee. Officers say that Arnold and his passenger, 26-year-old Jonathan Craft, threw a gun and narcotics out of the window before they came to a stop on Causeway Boulevard near I-10. The pair was taken into custody.

Arnold was treated and released from University Hospital. He was booked with possession with the intent to distribute heroin, a felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated flight, parole violation and two counts of attempted first degree murder of a police officer.

Officials say Arnold has an extensive criminal history. He has prior arrests for narcotics offenses, aggravated rape, simple rape, armed robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary, possession of stolen things, criminal damage and resisting arrest.

He has convictions for four narcotics violations, burglary, unauthorized use of a moveable and possession of contraband in a correctional facility. He was released on parole July 11, 2014.

Craft was booked with conspiracy to distribute heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and parole violation.

He also has an extensive criminal history, deputies say.

His prior arrests include numerous narcotics violations, being a felon in possession of a firearm, weapons offenses and possession of stolen things. He has convictions for a narcotics violation, being felon in possession of a firearm and possession of contraband in a correctional facility. He was released on parole on December 24, 2014.

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

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