(WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish deputy was injured and a suspected car thief was shot while running the deputy over attempting to avoid arrest Monday night, according to a statement released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Around 11:15 p.m., deputies responded to a call about a stolen car in Marrero. The blue 2009 Toyota Corolla was reported stolen earlier in the evening.
Just after 11:30 p.m. while on patrol in Marrero, deputies Kenney Guichard and William Burandt spotted the stolen car on Gentry Road. The car was occupied by a suspect described as a black male, later identified as Equan Anderson, 19 of the 2700 block of Whitney Avenue in Gretna.
Anderson was parked in the car in the 6800 block of Gentry Road.
Burandt stopped his cruiser just past the stolen Toyota while Guichard stopped his unit attempting to block the car.
Both officers exited their units and approached the suspect and stolen vehicle. Guichard came from the front while Burandt approached from the rear.
At this point Anderson accelerated directly toward Deputy Guichard, striking him with the vehicle causing Guichard to fall onto the hood of the Toyota. He struck his head against the windshield, breaking the window.
Fearing for his life, Guichard fired his weapon three times, with the last round jamming the gun. Burandt, seeing Anderson accelerate directly at Guichard, fired his weapon several times at the suspect and stolen vehicle.
After striking Deputy Guichard, Anderson sped away, turning onto Constantine Drive. Burandt stayed with Guichard, who was on lying on the street, stunned, with a large cut over his left eye.
Guichard called in the direction Anderson fled. Guichard was transported to Ochsner Westbank where he was treated and released earlier this morning.
Third District deputies located the stolen Toyota stopped, abandoned and running in the 2100 block of Constantine Drive.
A search began at that time for Anderson. Clothing, believed to belong to Anderson, was found in a backyard in the 2100 block of Constantine Drive.
A K-9 unit began a search of the area. Anderson was found in a backyard in the of 2000 block of Maharry Drive.
Anderson again resisted arrest and was bitten after he kicked the dog. He was taken into custody.
Anderson sustained a gunshot wound to his back, and a graze wound to his head. He was transported to University Hospital for treatment.
Several bullet holes were found in the rear of the stolen Toyota and three bullet holes were found on the front area of the vehicle.
An impact mark on the front windshield, consistent with a head striking the outside of the windshield, was also found.
The vehicle also appeared to be partially hand painted with a roller to disguise the true color.
Anderson was charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest by flight and fight.