NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - State Police said the Thursday night officer-involved shooting of a suspect in the St. Roch neighborhood occurred during a task force investigation.
State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matey said officers were patrolling in area of N. Villere and Music streets because it is considered a high-intensity drug trafficking area. When officers in a marked unit initiated a vehicle stop just after 9 p.m., the driver stayed but the passenger fled on foot.
Matey said the suspect, identified at 42-year-old Anthony Horton, exchanged gunfire with police, who had activated their lights and sirens. Horton sustained a gunshot wound to the lower body and is recovering at University Medical Center.
On the scene investigators recovered a gun they believe was used by Horton. It was sent to Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for testing.
The driver of the car cooperated and is not facing charges, Matey said.
Matey said Horton has an extensive criminal record and was being sought for a shooting that occurred in June. Charges in Thursday's incident are pending.
Following is a partial NOPD news release regarding the June shooting:
The NOPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Anthony Horton (DOB 12/1/1973) in connection with a shooting that occurred today (May 16) in the 4400 block of Skyview Drive.
At about 10:50 a.m., NOPD Seventh District officers received a call of an aggravated battery by shooting in the 4400 block of Flite Street. Upon arriving on scene, the officers observed a male victim standing outside of the location with a white towel wrapped around his right arm. At that point, the officers spoke with the victim, who advised that while he was outside of a friend's residence on Skyview Drive, an altercation ensued between he and his friend's brother, later identified as Horton. During the course of the altercation, the victim said, Horton pushed the victim in the face, which resulted in the victim punching the suspect. As the victim ran away, he told police, Horton brandished a handgun and fired several shots at the victim, striking him in the forearm.
Through investigation, the victim positively identified Horton as the person that shot him.