The Sheriff didn’t mince any words during a fiery press conference announcing the arrest of two suspects who fired on a police vehicle in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana almost one week ago.
Three JPSO deputies – including one rookie — were patrolling an area in Marrero back on Sept. 2. Officials say, the officers noticed a red laser pointed at their windshield and they immediately moved for cover. Shots ripped into the vehicle, hitting the driver’s side seat, according to WWLTV.
When it was all over five rounds were fired by the officers and 14 rounds by the suspects, who are now facing — among other charges– attempted first degree murder.
The men arrested — Malcolm Hall and Terrance Carter—have a mile-long rap sheet. They were being investigated separately for a drug enterprise they were allegedly involved in. For that reason, police say they did not release information on them immediately.
Hall and Carter knew, according to statements, that they were shooting at the police on Sept 2. “Let there be no mistake, these men are cop killers,” said Sheriff Newell Normand.
The Sheriff went on to say: “Neither one will decide whose life matters anymore. All lives matter, none more than blue lives… the men and women of JPSO will continue to provide good, clean, aggressive law enforcement with empathy and sympathy.”
If convicted, the suspects could face decades behind bars, without the eligibility of parole.
The many bullet casings Jefferson Parish detectives collected from the scene were from three guns –all of them stolen, police say.
“We need to redirect, refocus….better wake up. The tone and the tenor across this country of the villainization of law enforcement who stand between an ordered, structured society and anarchy –we ought not take that for granted,” Normand said during the presser.