Sheriff urges community to 'wake up' after JP officers ambushed

Published: Sep. 8, 2015 at 8:27 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2015 at 9:11 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON, LA (WVUE) - "All lives matter, none more than blue lives," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

Normand said the two men his office arrested intended to shoot three of his deputies Sept. 1 while they were on proactive patrol in a Marrero neighborhood known for drug activity.

"Let there be no mistake, these two guys are two individuals who are cop killers," Normand said.

Terrance Carter and Malcolm Hall are now in custody. Normand said Carter admitted to investigators that when he saw the unmarked unit driving in the area, he told his accomplice that police officers were inside, then walked away. Carter said when the officers stopped their vehicle at James and Jordan drives, Hall pointed a Glock 9mm gun with a laser beam at the officers and opened fire.

"Five shots were fired on the officers' automobile," Normand said.

The officers bailed from the car and returned fire, but no one was hit.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives say they seized four guns from Carter's home - three of them were stolen. The sheriff said one of the guns was used in a shooting earlier this year in Jefferson Parish.

Both Carter and Hall have extensive criminal histories.

Normand calls the case very disturbing, along with the several other cases of targeted police officers around the country.

"I hope that the tone across the country for the families of these officers, the wives and the children, I mean how many are left fatherless? What's it going to take for us to collectively wake up here?" Normand asked.

He said the Jefferson Parish case is a clear example of a mindset that needs to change.

"This is an example of the absolute incredible stupidity of some of the citizens of this community that are willing to risk everybody's lives and think that they are superior to everybody else. They decide whose life freaking matters by shooting at our officers. If you look at those pictures [of the officers' shot-up car] and it don't take your breath away, you're not human," Normand said.

Hall was booked with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Carter was booked with four counts of possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Hall refused to speak with investigators.

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