METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy is recovering after an armed man opened fire on him at a home in Metairie. It happened after he responded to a domestic disturbance disturbance call shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. Deputies responded to the call in the 1000 block of Severn Avenue. JPSO Sheriff Newell Normand says 48-year-old Deputy Nicholas Songy was shot in the right thigh. The deputy returned fire hitting the armed man. JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato says the deputy was transported to University Medical Center and is alert and well.
Sheriff Normand says when his deputies arrived, a woman at the home explained what happened. However when deputy Songy went to the back of the home, the 38-year-old suspect, later identified as Israel Flores, opened fire on the deputy. Songy returned fire hitting the man but that didn't stop the individual from fleeing the scene.
The suspect fled to a nearby neighborhood and ran into a house at 46th Street and North Arnoult. As word spread that the JPSO deputies had converged on the quiet Metairie neighborhood neighbors started to emerge from their homes. "And we see all of the cop cars with assault rifles," said neighbor, Connor Helmke.
Normand says a blood trail from the injured suspect led them to the house where the suspect got in through a back door on the second floor of the home. The Sheriff says the husband and wife in the home have no connection to the fleeing armed suspect. Fortunately the husband was outside of the house at the time and deputies were able to get to him first. "He actually called the wife's cell phone and got her out of bed and got her to successfully exit the residence," said Normand.
Once inside the house, Normand says the armed suspect refused to drop his weapon and raised his gun and that led deputies to fatally shooting him.
A relative of Flores told investigators he often stayed at his girlfriend's home in the 1- thousand block of Severn Ave. Investigators say he was currently wanted on a number of offenses including a felon in possession of a firearm as well as several drug related offenses
Investigators say they're also talking to the girlfriend of the suspect to learn more about him.