(AP) – A Louisiana sheriff on Wednesday called his deputy “one of the luckiest men in America” after a suspect’s weapon malfunctioned as he pointed it at the officer.
In a news conference Wednesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said his deputy could easily have been killed in a confrontation with a 17-year-old theft suspect late Tuesday. Normand compared the encounter between his deputy and Devon Martes to an “O.K. Corral shootout.”
Surveillance video captured the fatal shooting and shows Martes pointing what appears to be a gun at a sheriff’s deputy inside a warehouse of The Times-Picayune newspaper in a suburb of New Orleans.
The video, posted on the Nola.comThe Times-Picayune website, is somewhat blurry but appears to show the suspect twice raising a gun before being shot.
Normand said the shooting happened as deputies responded to calls just before midnight Tuesday of suspicious activity on the Interstate 10 service road in Metairie, near a new car storage lot. He said the callers reported seeing two people rolling tires down the street.
Normand said deputies flooded the area and that Dalton pursued Martes into the newspaper warehouse. Inside the warehouse, the deputy and suspect met, he said. Martes raised …Read the Rest
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