ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Police on the North Shore are investigating a shooting involving a St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputy that left the deputy injured and the suspect dead.
Police say that just before 5 a.m. Sunday, deputies were in pursuit of a person who was believed to be involved in multiple vehicle burglaries.
During the chase, the suspect crashed their car into a ditch in the Goodbee area. Gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and the deputies.
The suspect, later identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's office as 24-year-old Joseph Walden Johnson Jr., was killed in the gunfight.
A deputy, who was also shot during the exchange, has been taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery. The deputy, identified as Justin Nail of the District 3 Criminal Patrol, is recovering from surgery in ICU where he is listed in stable condition.
St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister released the following statement, Sunday afternoon:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sheriff's Deputy that was gravely injured in the line of duty overnight. His bravery is an inspiration to us all. I ask all of our citizens, of all congregations to pray for his speedy recovery, and comfort his family,"