NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two men have been arrested following an incident where a gun was fired near two Gretna Police officers conducting a traffic stop. The incident occurred Tuesday at 10:49 p.m. in the 80 block of the Westbank Expressway.
According to police, the officers were conducting a traffic stop in the parking lot of an opened business. During the stop, the officers heard a single gunshot coming from the west bound span of elevated portion of the expressway at Stumpf Boulevard. As the officers took cover and told the people nearby to do the same, they saw a vehicle flee west bound on the expressway while hearing gunfire coming from the vehicle. The gunfire caused people in the parking lot to run back into the business, seeking safety, police say.
One of the officers broadcasted the information over the police radio. Police located the car driving on the west bound expressway at a high rate of speed and conducted a traffic stop on the Westbank Expressway at Avenue F. The driver was identified as 33-year-old Donald Arabie and the passenger was identified as 40-year-old Shane Tierney.
Officers located a semi-automatic pistol in the front compartment of the vehicle in addition to spent shell casings and 82 dosage units of ecstasy.
Both Arabie and Tierney were transported to Gretna Police Headquarters for further questioning. During questioning, investigators learned that both Arabie and Tierney were drinking and ingested ecstasy, earlier in the evening.
Arabie told detectives that he noticed the blue lights on the lower portion of the expressway and Tierney pulled out the gun and fired a single shot out the passenger window. Police say that the men's statements indicate that Arabie sped away, while Tierney fired the weapon several times.
Detectives determined that the pistol found in the car was the one that Tierney discharged during the incident. Through the investigation and the statements given, detectives believe that the purpose of the gunfire was to create fear for the safety of the officers and the general public in the area.
Both Arabie and Tierney were charged with terrorizing, illegal use of a weapon, possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia and use of a firearm with controlled dangerous substance.
If you have any additional information that could help police with this case, you are asked to call the Gretna Police Department at 504-366-4374 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.