NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - During the search that stretched through Saturday into Sunday morning, police say they used every piece of technology and tool at their fingertips in an attempt to nab Travis Boys, the man accused of killing 22-year NOPD veteran Officer Daryle Holloway. But it was the work of two astute officers in the Lower 9th Ward that gave police the break they needed.
Surveillance video from the Brother's Food Mart on St. Claude shows Boys wearing a jacket in the sweltering weather. He walked into the gas station, right past a NOPD cruiser, and then casually ordered a po-boy. While he waits for his sandwich, he wipes sweat from his brow multiple times and paces in front of the counter.
Minutes after ordering, two police officers walk in. One stands by the door while the other makes a pass by Boys, clearly trying to get a good look. The officer does a double-take before walking out. Video shows what seems to be the moment the officer realizes it could be the man they're searching for.
The two officers walk back to their cruiser and talked for a minute. They then moved their vehicle and waited for Boys to leave.
Boys pays for his sandwich with cash and walks out. The officers take off after him, arresting Boys a short time later.
As for employees of another gas station where Holloway's vehicle crashed, the shooting has them rattled. They are still wrestling with the fact a long time officer is no longer walking their beat.
"An animal like that to do him like that, one day before the Father's Fay, and he has kids, he has to be punished to teach others," said Ekbal Graham. "That police officer is protecting us everyday."
Outside of the Shell station on Claiborne and Elysian Fields, there is already a memorial growing for Officer Holloway.
Holloway leaves behind a family, including three children.