Suspect in police chase surrenders to JPSO deputies

Law enforcement officials discuss chase, shootout in Avondale
Published: Nov. 30, 2016 at 2:47 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2016 at 1:50 PM CST
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AVONDALE, LA (WVUE) - An armed kidnapping suspect who led police on a multi-jurisdictional chase from the North Shore and held police at bay for hours finally surrendered to Jefferson Parish deputies late Tuesday night in Avondale.

The incident began earlier Tuesday evening and was dispatched at about 8:30 p.m. after a woman who was bound with zip ties ran into a Rouses grocery store and reported that she had escaped from a man by jumping from his moving pickup truck. She had minor injuries.

That man was identified as 41-year-old Christopher Kent Garcie, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

A description of the truck was broadcast on police radio, and the vehicle was spotted by Causeway Police who began to pursue it across the bridge. The chase was picked up by JP deputies in Metairie who, along with officers from other agencies that included State Police, caught up with the man after he crashed his truck in a ditch near Highway 90 and Jaimie Boulevard in Avondale.

The man fired numerous times at police during the chase, Normand said, and witnesses reported hearing "hundreds" of rounds.

The area where he crashed was near a Winn Dixie and a McDonald's, where officers and deputies worked to clear civilians.

At about 10:45 p.m., a SWAT team and robot had been called to the scene, where Garcie remained in his truck. Normand said Garcie continued to be combative, waving his gun and cursing at officers before being taken into custody.

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