NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Authorities have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with a police chase and the alleged assault of an officer.
Kevin Greathouse faces aggravated assault and resisting a police officer with force. The incident happened early Monday morning at Almonaster Avenue and Louisa Street.
Just after midnight, Fifth District officers were investigating a shooting in the 1900 block of Painters Street when they heard gunfire nearby. A Fifth District detective and Louisiana State Police troopers went to Franklin Avenue and Prieur Street, where they found an unidentified male with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the street. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
While on the scene, witnesses told officers that a black Acura involved in the shooting was fleeing the scene. Police chased the car and caught up with it at Almonaster and Louisa. The vehicle stopped, and the three officers approached, giving verbal commands to the driver and passenger. Police said the driver then accelerated toward one of the troopers, and a trooper and NOPD officer fired several shots at the car.
The suspects drove off on Louisa and crashed into a parked vehicle at Louisa and Dreux streets. The suspects got out of the car and fled on foot. The driver was picked up by an unknown subject in a white SUV. The passenger continued to run.
Shortly afterward, Greathouse arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. After treatment, he was released and booked into Central Lock-Up.
No officers or troopers were injured.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, including tests to determine which agency's bullet struck Greathouse.
No other arrests have been made.
The Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team and the LSP are investigating. The Independent Police Monitor and the federal consent decree monitor were on the scene and are monitoring the investigation.
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