NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Portions of Moonraker Drive and Eden Isles Boulevard were closed briefly Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 12) following the chase of a stolen car that ended with shots fired, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
At about 2 p.m., STPSO detectives were canvassing to develop leads following several recent vehicle burglaries and auto thefts in the area when they saw a Dodge Charger driving suspiciously on Moonraker Drive. Detectives ran the car’s license plate and discovered it had been reported stolen out of New Orleans.
When deputies tried to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued. At one point, police said the driver of the Charger accelerated toward a deputy who had gotten out of his vehicle. The deputy then fired his service weapon in the direction of the vehicle, striking a passenger.
That passenger, 17-year-old Kendrick Neveaux of New Orleans, was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. The driver and a second passenger, both juveniles, were also taken into custody and are being questioned by detectives.
A firearm equipped with a laser sight was found inside the stolen car.
Investigators said criminal charges are forthcoming and the investigation is active and ongoing. They said additional information will be provided as it becomes available.