Deputies: Suspect threatened to kill officers before leading them on chase

Deputies: Suspect threatened to kill officers before leading them on chase

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Kenner woman is in the hospital after she was injured in a high-speed chase that started in St. John the Baptist Parish and ended with a bad crash in Metairie. FOX 8 obtained the 911 call that sheriff's deputies say started it all.

"I would recommend them not to come through here. If they come through here, they better come heavily armed."

That's the 911 call that the St. John Parish sheriff says Cory Hebert made before he led deputies on a high-speed chase.

"We then reestablished contact with him again and he made it clearer that we needed to bring body bags, and the officer said, 'for whom?' and he said 'for you - for the police,'" said St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre.

The sheriff said after assaulting a woman in St John Parish, Hebert made that 911 call and threatened to kill any officer that came near him. When deputies tried to track him down, the sheriff said Hebert led them on chase at speeds that exceeded 100 mph through their parish and eventually into Metairie.

During the chase, St. John deputies crashed into a Suburban with two people inside at Veterans and Massachusetts. The female passenger was thrown from the SUV. The male driver was also hurt,  as were the two deputies who hit them. The sheriff said they chased Hebery because he was a threat to police and to the public.

"If he would have hurt or killed a police officer or a citizen and we just let him go after making those kind of threats on 911, there's no way," said Tregre.

Jefferson Parish sheriffs deputies were able to capture Hebert, but not before they said he also threatened them.

"At one point in time, he actually pointed a shotgun at one of our officers during the pursuit," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato.

Deputies recovered the shotgun and took Hebert into custody.

In Jefferson Parish Hebert faces aggravated assault, obstruction, resisting arrest and being a fugitive out of St. John Parish.

The two St. John deputies who were hurt in the crash were treated and released from the hospital. The woman who was ejected had to have surgery but is now in stable condition. The driver of the SUV is also expected to be OK.

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