ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith believes the man who abducted a woman in Lacombe and led police on a chase to Avondale had every intention of sexually assaulting the 26-year-old victim and then killing her.
"He was going to kill that girl," Smith said. "She felt the same thing too, the victim."
The night began after 41-year-old Chris Garcie of Kenner set up a meeting with the victim and discussed having sex on backpage.com, according to police.
At an empty home on Louand Street in Lacombe, Garcie told the woman he was a cop, bound her hands and feet with duct tape and zip ties and blindfolded her, Smith said.
The woman told investigators she told Garcie a friend of hers knew where the two were meeting. Smith believed Garcie got "spooked," put the woman in his truck and drove toward Mandeville.
"She was able to free her hands from where she was duct-taped and zip-tied, and as the vehicle slowed down near the supermarket of Rouse's in Mandeville, she exited the vehicle and ran for help. Someone at Rouse's called 911 and notified the Mandeville Police Department," Sheriff Smith said.
Officers followed Garcie from the Causeway onto I-10 West. Garcie got off at the Veterans Boulevard exit then turned south on Clearview Parkway and went over the Huey P. Long Bridge. Garcie followed Highway 90 until he got to Waggaman, where he snaked through a neighborhood.
"I saw this white truck with the white trailer coming around like really fast, then all of these cops - like 20 cops behind him - and they took off like a bat out of hell," Waggaman resident Jill Koenig said. "I heard later on, when they passed over there, I heard like 'pow pow pow' like gunshots."
State Police threw spike strips three times in an effort to stop Garcie, before he finally crashed in a ditch on Highway 90 in Avondale near Jamie Boulevard.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Garcie shot at officers throughout the ordeal. Twenty-one JPSO deputies and one state trooper shot back, firing off more than 500 rounds.
"He was on the passenger side on the floor board. We were up here on the highway shooting at an angle, whereby the truck was providing cover for him," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.
Investigators said Garcie, who was shot three times, gave up after his mother came to the scene and spoke with him, and after he reportedly threw his 9-mm handgun out of his truck.
"We had every opportunity, while I was talking with [the media], for us to take him out. That's not what we wanted to do. We wanted to bring this to a successful conclusion by trying to talk him out of this situation," Normand said.
Garcie's gunshot wounds to the back and side were non-life-threatening.
St. Tammany officers booked Garcie with second-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery and false impersonation of an officer.
In Jefferson Parish, Garcie faces multiple charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated flight from an officer.
The woman is said to be in good health. A deputy who suffered a graze wound on the hand is also in good health.