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HAPPENING TODAY: Manhunt ongoing for Shreveport cop's killer; an updated outlook for Atlantic hurricane season

Shreveport police officer fatally shot; manhunt underway

Shreveport police have confirmed that the officer shot in Queensborough Wednesday night has died. Shreveport Police Department will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning with updated information.

Full story here.

Eric Nunez, alleged accomplice of Darren Sharper, to make initial federal court appearance

Eric Nunez, an alleged accomplice of Darren Sharper, is due in federal court on Thursday.

A superseding indictment accuses Nunez of trying to obstruct justice. He is an acquaintance of former New Orleans Saint Darren Sharper.

Prosecutors say he, along with Sharper, raped two women in New Orleans. He's currently being held on a $2.5 million bond on state charges of aggravated rape.

Sharper agreed to a plea deal earlier this year on charges he drugged and raped women in Louisiana, California, Arizona and Nevada. He’s expected to spend about nine years in prison.

Nunez and another alleged accomplice, former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Licciardi, have not gone to trial yet.

Still some rain in the forecast, but coverage greatly reduced

We ended up with just enough showers across the south shore to help keep high temperatures in check on Wednesday afternoon.

While a few showers remain in the forecast for Thursday, we will not see the same coverage and that means hotter temperatures across most of the area.

Look for highs to approach the mid to upper 90s once again. As our surface and upper highs come together once again we can expect dry and consequently very hot conditions as we head into the weekend.

It is likely we will see heat advisories for Saturday and Sunday as highs will reach the upper 90s and heat indices will jump into the 105-110 range.

Widespread rain will stay away through the start of next week. There is nothing of interest in the Atlantic tropics right now so hopefully it stays that way.

Forecasters to announce updated outlook for 2015 Atlantic hurricane season

The lead hurricane forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center will announce an updated outlook for the 2015 hurricane season.

The announcement is expected at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Since the Atlantic season started on June 1, three named storms have formed. There is a long way to go as the season does not officially end until November 30.

In May, forecasters released their initial predictions for the season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal, but that's no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy.

NOAA predicted a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). This includes zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). 

Suspected getaway driver in murder of Metairie father, son due in court

The suspected getaway driver in the murders of a Metairie father and son is due in court.

Police say 18-year-old Haraquon DeGruy and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Dexter Allen, were breaking into cars on April 22 in the 3700 block of Clifford Drive.

DeGruy allegedly told deputies that the pair had been committing car burglaries in the area when they decided to rob the Metairie home. Allen allegedly grabbed a shotgun and got out of the car while DeGruy circled the block.

Two were shot and killed during the robbery. David Pence, 56, was shot multiple times in a living room chair. Nicholas Pence, David's 25-year-old son, was found lying on the living room floor with multiple gunshot wounds, Jefferson Parish deputies say. Officers say David Pence may have been asleep when he was killed. Both men died on the scene.

DeGruy and Allen were both arrested in connection to the shootings.

DeGruy's hearing starts at 9 a.m. in Gretna.

Allen remains in Orleans Parish Jail on separate charges. He faces pending charges in Jefferson Parish for the killings of David and Nicholas Pence. 

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