UPDATE: Police release identity of drug suspect killed by officers

Officer shoots, kills suspect after police chase in Gretna
Corey DiGiovanni, 36 (Source: Gretna PD
Corey DiGiovanni, 36 (Source: Gretna PD

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A Gretna police officer shot and killed a man after drug investigation led to violent chase.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Milton Street and the Westbank Expressway. The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Corey DiGiovanni.

The Westbank Major Crimes Taskforce was conducting surveillance on a home on Anson Street as part of a drug investigation. Police said when DiGiovanni exited the home and got into a silver pickup truck, officers in unmarked units approached him and he fled. Other units were called, and police chased the truck through Old Gretna.

Officers eventually managed to block the truck with police units, but they said DiGiovanni tried to escape and accelerated toward an officer. The officer fired three rounds, striking DiGiovanni.

Both DiGiovanni and a passenger, whose name has not been released, were pulled from the truck. DiGiovanni was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He later died. The passenger was not injured.

Police said a large amount of drugs were recovered on the scene, including heroin, marijuana and numerous pills.

Police said DiGiovanni has an extensive criminal background, including heroin distribution. Deputy Police Chief Anthony Christiana said he may be linked to several heroin deaths.

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