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Angry sheriff demands community 'wake up' after suspect shot by deputy

Desmond Willis holds a gun and smokes what appears to marijuana in a video released on YouTube. (Source: JPSO/YouTube) Desmond Willis holds a gun and smokes what appears to marijuana in a video released on YouTube. (Source: JPSO/YouTube)
The JSPO says Desmond Willis posted this video on social media. (Source: JSPO) The JSPO says Desmond Willis posted this video on social media. (Source: JSPO)
The JPSO said deputies found drugs, bullets and guns in Willis' vehicle. (FOX 8 Photo) The JPSO said deputies found drugs, bullets and guns in Willis' vehicle. (FOX 8 Photo)
HARVEY, LA (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office found drugs, guns and bullets in the vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Algiers man who was shot and killed by deputies on Monday in Algiers.

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Desmond Willis was killed during a shootout on Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey. The shooting came as officers tried to arrest him following a traffic stop.

An angry Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Willis was part of an ongoing drug investigation. He started a news conference about the incident with a video of Willis talking about shooting police officers. Normand said the video speaks for itself and discredits what Willis' family said about him being good.

"Now, not to be insensitive, but I'll be damned if this office is going to stand by and have its reputation impugned by people when this video is out there trying to pollute the minds of our youngsters in the community day in and day out," Normand exclaimed. 

In the video, Willis said "f*** cops" and made references to drugs and running away from police.

Tuesday, Willis' grandmother tried to discredit claims by the JPSO that he was involved in criminal activity.

"Desmond was not a bad child and ain't nobody going to label him as a bad child and I'll tell that to the damn police," Barbara Jackson said.

Normand said no one cared about the innocent people who dodged bullets on the day of the shooting. Over 65 rounds were fired during the exchange with officers.

"These perpetrators are as brazen as brazen can be," Normand said. "They don't really give a damn about the community."

Normand said a witness told deputies as she watched the shootout between a hotel and office building, she turned her head because she did not want to see an officer get killed.

"So the message to Kensington and all the neighborhoods in Jefferson Parish is wake up," Normand yelled. "If you know what's going on in your neighborhoods, call the sheriff and let us know, because your life is not going to matter."

Normand also displayed guns, bullets and drugs on a table at the presser. He said they found those items and Willis' truck after the shootout. He also showed a 9mm gun with a laser sight on it that Willis allegedly used to shoot at deputies.

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And here: https://youtu.be/1MzQPalZthI

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