UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.
The sheriff’s deputy shot to death on a busy suburban New Orleans street has been identified as 51-year-old David F. Michel Jr. (mih-SHELL).
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Col. John Fortunato said a suspect in the Wednesday afternoon shooting is in custody. Fortunato says the suspect is at University Medical Center in New Orleans, being treated for minor injuries. Fortunato says the suspect is believed to have been hurt in a struggle with Michel prior to the shooting.
Michel died at that same hospital. Fortunato said the shooting happened in the suburban area of Harvey after Michel stopped the suspect, who was walking along busy Manhattan Boulevard around 12:20 p.m.
Fortunato says witnesses told investigators the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband during a struggle with Michel. Michel was shot several times.
HARVEY, La. — A sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey after stopping a pedestrian on a busy street in the middle of the day, officials said.
Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s spokesman, announced the officer’s death as police flooded the area, searching for the suspect by helicopter and combing the area with dogs.
The deputy was not identified. The deputy was pronounced dead after being rushed to University Medical Center in New Orleans.
The reason the pedestrian was stopped was not immediately available, and it was unclear what prompted the shooting.
Fortunato said Sheriff Newell Normand was out of town but planned an immediate return and scheduled a 10 p.m. news conference on the shooting.
The shooting happened on Manhattan Boulevard near its intersection with Lapalco Boulevard, both heavily traveled thoroughfares in the area known as the West Bank, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans.
It was the year’s second shooting of a Jefferson officer.
Another member of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office was shot and wounded in January during a drug raid on a house in the Lower 9th Ward section of New Orleans.
Stephen Arnold was shot five times as he and others were trying to serve a warrant as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration raid on a house. The alleged shooter, Jarvis Hardy, has been indicted on eight counts, including attempted murder of a federal officer.
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