NOPD: Orleans deputy opens fire on theft suspect at Algiers Walm - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports, Social

NOPD: Orleans deputy opens fire on theft suspect at Algiers Walmart

Police say deputy thought suspect was armed. (FOX 8 Photo) Police say deputy thought suspect was armed. (FOX 8 Photo)
Crime scene technicians mark casings. (FOX 8 Photo) Crime scene technicians mark casings. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

New Orleans police and the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office responded Tuesday to an officer-involved shooting at an Algiers store.

The shooting happened just before 3 p.m. at the Walmart in the 4000 block of Behrman Highway, where police say Orleans Parish Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Frank Serio was working a detail. The OPSO said Serio was tipped off by a store employee that a man had shoplifted cell phones.

Serio followed the suspect, 34-year-old Austin Thompson, out of the store and into the parking lot, where investigators said Thompson "crouched in between parked cars, reached into his waist band and pulled out a shiny object." Investigators said he then pointed the object at Serio in "an aggressive manner."

Serio fired four shots, but no one was struck.

During the investigation, Thompson, who is a suspect in similar thefts at a Jefferson Parish Walmart,  confessed to detectives that he wanted Serio to shoot him in an effort to end his life. 

Thompson was taken into custody and faces charges of attempted theft of iPhones valued at $7,000 and aggravated assault of a police officer.

Both the New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office are handling various aspects of the ongoing investigation.

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