CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - New details released by the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office shed light on the manhunt that shut down a major road in Chalmette on Thursday.
According to the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, 23-year-old Dereck Meyers is the suspect who bailed out of a car on Paris Road, shutting down the major artery and starting a five-hour manhunt.
The incident began about 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 when agents with the Special Investigations Division tried to stop two men in a vehicle.
According to police, both subjects jumped out of the vehicle on Paris Road in Chalmette near the Orleans Parish line. The driver, 25-year-old Eddie Martin, was quickly caught by authorities while the passenger, Meyers, ran south of Paris Road and hid in a wooded area. After a lengthy search, the Sheriff's Office captured Meyers around 6:30 p.m. and recovered a gun he threw into a ditch during the chase, according to the Sheriff's Office.
SWAT units, State Police, the Wildlife and Fisheries Department and St. Tammany Parish's Sheriff's Office participated, as well as Plaquemines Parish, which supplied a helicopter, and NOPD, which supplied a K-9 unit.
"We appreciate the patience of the public inconvenienced by the closure, but it was necessary as a safety precaution because the man who ran was carrying a gun he threw away," said Sheriff James Pohlmann. "We didn't know if he had another weapon he might use.''
Meyers arrest is part of a larger narcotics investigation being conducted by the Sheriff's Office. According to police, officers tried to stop Meyers and Eddie Martin after they left a house on Marina Road at the center of their investigation.
Two days earlier, officers executed a search warrant at the same house on Marina Road leading to the arrests of 35-year-old Dayna Parker and 20-year-old Jacoby Martin. Police said they found three guns (one of which was reported stolen), heroin, cocaine, Oxycodone, amphetamine, ecstasy, cash and a bullet-proof vest inside the residence.
Meyers and Eddie Martin were allegedly sent to the house by a man who police say ran the whole operation.
According to the Sheriff's Office, police believe 35-year-old Cory Kennedy sent Meyers and Eddie Martin to the home on Marina Road to look for items hidden there. Agents then watched the home and saw Martin and Meyers arrive, go inside and leave. They then tried to stop Meyers and Eddie Martin on Paris Road, which lead to Thursday's manhunt.
Police believe Kennedy controlled all the narcotics and weapons found inside the home. Kennedy is already in Orleans Parish Prison on a domestic violence charge.
Kennedy will be charged with several drug distribution charges, possession of a stolen firearm and illegal possession of body armor.
Meyers and Eddie Martin were both booked with possession of a stolen gun, possession of marijuana, flight from an officer and possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Parker and Jacoby Martin were both booked with possession to distribute heroin, cocaine and pills as well as illegal possession of the body armor. Parker was also booked for possession of a stolen firearm.