Questions linger in shooting death of NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway

Questions linger in shooting death of NOPD Officer Daryle Holloway

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Travis Boys, the 33-year-old man accused of killing officer Daryle Holloway, made his first appearance before a Magistrate judge Sunday afternoon just nine hours after his time on the run came to an end. There are still many unanswered questions, including why Boys had two guns on him while in police custody.

After being treated at Interim LSU Hospital for exhaustion, officers carried Travis Boys by the limbs into Orleans Parish Prison.

"A young, brand new officer with his training instructor spotted him this morning," NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison told Fox 8.

That happened at a convenience store in the Ninth Ward. Officers say Boys hopped on an RTA bus in an attempt to lose them, still wearing busted handcuffs from his arrest Friday night, but they were able to stop the bus.

"Awesome, great job NOPD, great job. Justice served for the family", a nearby Ninth Ward resident said.

Boys faces a first degree murder charge after investigators say he killed 45-year-old Officer Daryle Holloway Saturday. Boys was first taken into custody Friday for aggravated assault on a woman with a firearm.

"Night watch officers from the 5th District frisked Boys for any weapons and then turned Boys over to the day watch to transfer him to Orleans Parish Prison," Harrison said.

Holloway was in charge of transporting Boys, but Harrison says in the car Boys was able to shoot Holloway. The veteran officer crashed his unit and later died. Besides Holloway's gun, investigators found two others inside the squad car.

"One of the guns was a .38 caliber revolver which was used in the original battery which he was arrested for and then there was a .40 caliber weapon, a Smith and Wesson, which was also recovered in the vehicle, which was believed to be used in this heinous crime," Harrison explained.

The chief says he still doesn't know how Boys was able to be in possession of the guns saying, "We realize that's an obvious issue."

Another question lingers: Where did Boys hide out Saturday night? U.S. Marshals and NOPD officers spotted the fugitive Saturday afternoon in a pick-up truck, before he crashed it into a St. Roch home. A number of streets were shut down for hours without any sign of Boys.

"We don't know how he was able to evade us for that long of a time," Harrison commented.

Police aren't sure if Boys had any help in his escape.

During his appearance at Magistrate Court Sunday, a judge described the 33-year-old as a danger to the community, ruling he'll be held in custody without bond.

Boys' public defender filed a motion requesting all audio and video footage captured by the film crew for the television show "The First 48" of Holloway's murder and Boys' capture. The judge granted that motion.

Meanwhile, Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls Holloway's murder an attack on the community.

"I think people would agree that we lost a hero and its going to take time for us to recover," Landrieu said.

Holloway served 22 years on the force. He was close to Chief Harrison, who describes him as a man full of life, who had many friends. Holloway leaves behind three children.

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