Deputies shot at robbery suspect who allegedly rammed JPSO unit

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 10:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2021 at 7:10 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting in Marrero.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Fourth Street and Ave. G shortly after 10:30 p.m.

According to JPSO, there were several reports of thefts and burglaries at different businesses. At one of the locations, a green truck allegedly tried to use a tow strap to break into one of the businesses, which caused the strap to break.

An officer spotted a vehicle with a broken tow strap hanging from the back of the vehicle on the Westbank Expressway. When the officer tried to get the suspect to pull over, he put the vehicle in reverse and struck one of the police units, injuring the deputy, according to JPSO.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says there were multiple interactions between the driver and deputies, and more than one incident where deputies responded with gunfire to the driver’s attempt to ram them with his vehicle.

Officers were able to catch up to the assailant and arrest him. He suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

Upon his release, the suspect will be booked with multiple burglary and theft counts along with counts of aggravated criminal damage, resisting by flight, and aggravated battery. Lopinto says additional charges are likely.

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