After organizing an intense manhunt for 33-year-old Travis Boys New Orleans Police arrested suspect involved in police officer shooting. The police department announced this on Sunday morning on social media. The manhunt for the suspect lasted 24 hours.
New Orleans Police Chief, Michael Harrison, explained that Boys was arrested at the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Reynes Street. The police received tips across the metropolitan area. As it was previously thought Boys had escaped from the police cruiser and jumped in a Dodge pickup truck. Marshal pursued the suspect while he was in the truck and after he abandoned the vehicle he chased him on foot in the St. Rock Neighborhood. Harrison arrested Boys when he boarded a commuter bus. The man still had parts on the broken handcuffs on his hands.
Travis Boys fatally shot 45-year-old officer Daryle Holloway as he was carrying him to prison. While he was in the back seat of the car Boys managed to put his hands on a gun and shot Holloway. Although the suspect had his hands tied on his back he seems to have somehow managed to bring them to the front. When the shooting happened Boys was arrested for aggravated assault. Now he will be charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, illegal possession of a fire gun and aggravated escape.
The agencies which searched for the suspect included the U.S. Marshals Service, Housing Authority of New Orleans police and St. Tammany Parish deputies. Units from both the state police and the law enforcement agencies patrolled side streets after the shooting occurred. The search team even used a helicopter which circled overhead. In the meantime utility workers replaced the power pole in which the police vehicle in which Boys and Holloway were crashed.
According to Harrison police are still trying to investigate how Boys came into the possession of the gun with which he killed officer Holloway. Two guns were collected from the police cruiser: the officer’s .40-caliber Smith and Wesson and a .38-caliber revolver which was used for the murder. Harrison remarked:
“We realize that’s an obvious issue. So there are safety concerns, procedural concerns between training and internal investigations we’re going to find out how that happened to ensure that that absolutely never happens again.”
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