JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A man who was shot by an NOPD officer last year has been linked to 10 armed robberies and attempted armed robberies of businesses in Jefferson and Orleans parishes, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office announced Thursday. The incidents were reported between May 2014 and December 2015.
Calvin McKinnis, 33, died Dec. 14 in an exchange of gunfire with an officer during a 4 a.m. traffic stop in the 8800 block of Chef Menteur Highway. A search of the 2004 Mazda minivan he was driving at the time uncovered a black semi-automatic Springfield 9mm handgun, a black ski-mask, a black 12-gauge shotgun and several live 12-gauge shotgun shells, according to investiga The JPSO said all of the items were consistent with the weapons and clothing described by victims in each of the robberies. The vehicle McKinnis was driving appeared to be the same vehicle observed in the December 1, 2015, robbery at the Academy Sports store on Clearview Parkway in Metairie.
On December 22, 2015, JPSO investigators were notified that the weapons recovered from the NOPD officer-involved shooting were turned over to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for ballistics testing. Firearms examiners from the JPSO Crime Lab obtained the test results from LSP and found that the shell casings recovered from the Jefferson Parish crime scenes matched the Springfield 9mm and the 12-gauge shotgun recovered from McKinnis' vehicle.
Following is a list of crimes cleared in the joint JPSO-NOPD investigation:
Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Boulevard, May 23, 2014 - attempted armed robbery
Wal-Mart, 6000 Bullard Avenue, September 7, 2014 - armed robbery
Wal-Mart, 4301 Chef Menteur Highway, July 2, 2015 - armed robbery
Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco Boulevard, July 16, 2015 - attempted armed robbery
Wal-Mart, 5110 Jefferson Highway, July 16, 2015 - attempted armed robbery
McDonald's, 10001 N. I-10 Service Road, November 19, 2015 - armed robbery
McDonald's, 3025 Elysian Fields Avenue, November 22, 2015 - armed robbery
McDonald's, 2916 Jefferson Highway, December 1, 2015 - attempted armed robbery
Academy, 800 S. Clearview Parkway, December 1, 2015 - armed robbery
McDonald's, 1918 North Broad Street, December 1, 2015 - aggravated criminal damage to property