JPSO deputies won't face charges in suspect shooting death

JPSO deputies won't face charges in suspect shooting death

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputies will likely not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a man who took them on a chase from the Westbank to Central City.

The deputies were pursuing Eric Harris after he allegedly pointed a gun at three shoppers at the Oakwood Shopping Center in Terrytown in February 2016.

They said the 22-year-old crashed his car into a telephone pole near Simon Bolivar Avenue and Philip Street, then started to back the vehicle into their direction. That's when deputies said they opened fire on Eric Harris in self-defense.

The Harris family attorney confirmed that the FBI recently closed its investigation.

"They made the determination that they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer's conduct in shooting Eric Harris was based on bad motive or willfully being malicious sort of thing," said Gary Bizal.

Bizal says there's been a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed against the two officers involved and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said Harris was shot four times, including one fatal wound behind his right ear.

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