NEW ORLEANS LA Feb 9 2016 —One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after a deputy-involved shooting that started on the Westbank and ended in Central City, officials said.
The incident started out Monday night at Oakwood Mall, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said in an update.
Normand said three customers at the mall notified a security officer who was working paid detail at the mall for the Sheriff's Office about a man with a gun. The three people said the unidentified man brandished the weapon toward them.
Moments later, the three pointed at the man and the officer approached him. Normand said the officer and the man had an altercation and the man attempted to escape.
Investigators said the man fled into the parking lot of the mall and got into a vehicle. The man drove away and deputies went into pursuit.
Normand said the chase ended near Philip Street and Simon Bolivar Avenue, when the man lost control of the vehicle, hit a curb and crashed into a telephone pole. He said the man put the vehicle in reverse and the deputies opened fire.
Officials said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman who was also in the vehicle was taken to a hospital, but Normand said investigators do not believe she was shot.
WDSU reporter Casey Ferrand said dozens of officers and deputies were sent to the scene. New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the NOPD will investigate the incident alongside the JPSO.