NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - There are more questions than answers about how a suspect was able to get his hands on a gun and shoot an officer while in custody.
Three different guns were found in slain officer Daryle Holloway's police car including a .38 caliber that Travis Boys is accused of using in a domestic assault just hours before Holloway was killed. New Orleans Police tell FOX 8 Holloway's gun was still in his holster. But, investigators also found a .40 caliber gun that police believe Boys used to shoot and kill Holloway. What's unclear is where that .40 caliber came from or who it belonged to. Police say they did not find any guns on Boys when he was arrested.
So, how did this happen? Rafael Goyeneche with the Metropolitan Crime Commission says there's a lot we still don't know, "the officer that made the arrest was responsible for making sure that the suspect didn't have any weapons on him and we don't know what happened once he was at the police station, did somebody else pat him down there? Did officer Holloway pat him down before he put him in his car? Was there a weapon in the car that was unnoticed?" said Goyeneche.
LSU Health Criminologist, Dr. Peter Scharf, says when it comes to police protocol, a suspect should be checked numerous times, "check, check, check again and then information assessment. Who are we dealing with? And then sharing of that information to the people that need it like the supervisors and the individual in the car," said Scharf.
There are other questions that we don't have answers to yet. Was Boys properly restrained while in custody and how was he reportedly able to get through a caged access window from the back of the police transport car to the front and escape? "You shouldn't be able to get through the little hole, you know, I don't care if it's Houdini that shouldn't happen, the other thing is the shackling procedure," said Scharf.
The NOPD says it's still looking into how Boys was able to get his hands on the gun and shoot Holloway. But, Donovan Livaccari with the New Orleans Fraternal Order of Police says no matter what is revealed in that investigation it doesn't change the fact that a 22-year veteran officer was murdered in the line of duty. "The officers are required to search individuals before they are placed into the car for transport. My understanding is that was done in this case, I'll say that arrested subjects can be quite inventive when it comes to hiding contraband," said Livaccari.
Boys has a long criminal history including arrests for carjacking, contraband and cruelty to juveniles. Court records also show he pleaded guilty in Jefferson Parish to three different escape charges as well as flight from an officer. NOPD says it is their standard procedure to have just one officer transport one handcuffed suspect to prison. But, one expert we talked to says if police were aware of Boys' criminal history, he believes more than one officer would have been involved in that transport.