NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - We now know what happened in the moments leading up to Officer Daryle Holloway's death, and for the first time we are learning about evidence that investigators took into custody that could be related to the murder weapon.
Investigators say Travis Boys shot and killed Holloway with a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber gun. Up until now, there has been no mention of where that gun came from - or how Boys reportedly managed to get his hands on it while in custody. But, for the first time in a police report obtained exclusively by FOX 8, we're hearing of a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber shell casing found at the original crime scene where Boys was arrested.
The NOPD report lays out the critical hours before Holloway was killed. And here's what you need to keep in mind as we walk you through it: Investigators have said that they found three guns in Holloway's cruiser: the officer's gun that was still in his holster when he was found dead; a .38 caliber that police believe was used in the domestic assault for which Boys was initially arrested; and a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber - the gun that police say Boys used to kill Holloway.
According to the report, it all started June 20 around 4 a.m. when officers responded to a domestic assault at 2564 Peace Court. Police have said that Boys fired a shot at his wife that morning.
According to the report, an officer searched Boys for a weapon and didn't find one. The officer then asked the victim - Boys' wife - if she owned a .38 Special, and she said yes. The officer confiscated the gun and removed five live rounds from it.
But officers then did a second search "locating a spent casing next door at 2562 Peace Ct," according to the report. That's the house right next door to where the domestic assault occurred. That spent casing was from a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson.
After Boys' arrest, Officer Holloway arrives at the 5th District station and offers to transport Boys to jail while the arresting officer finished up his paperwork on the domestic assault between Boys and his wife. When that officer was moving Boys from the back of his car to put him in Holloway's cruiser, he "discovered Mr. Boys moved the handcuffs from the rear and relocated the handcuffs to the front of him," the report says.
Remember - that's the very move that investigators have said Boys made right before he managed to grab a gun and shoot and kill Holloway. That means it was the second time Boys was able to move his handcuffs.
The report also says the original arresting officer removed Boys from the rear of his car and walked him over to Holloway's car, then "the officers switch out handcuffs and handcuff Mr. Boys to the rear and double locked the handcuffs," the report says.
But as we now know, Police say Boys was somehow able to move those handcuffs and fire a gun through a police cage in the back of Holloway's car, allegedly shooting and killing the 22-year veteran officer.
The police report also says that Holloway offered to book Boys. That's when the original arresting officer gave officer Holloway a .38 Special handgun, a spent .40 caliber casing, and five live rounds from the .38. That officer also gave Holloway information from Boys' wife about the domestic assault.
According to the report, Boys' wife said Boys threatened to kill her and pointed a gun at her. She added that he had threatened her "every other day and it's getting worse."