Jun 022012

A car stolen in a robbery on South Claiborne Avenue sits with its door open in the 1600 block of South Rendon Street, where the suspect abandoned it to flee from police. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a police officer as he attempted to flee on foot following a chase Saturday evening through Uptown New Orleans, authorities said.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, two people were closing a car wash in the 2500 block of South Claiborne Avenue when they were approached by two men, one of whom was carrying a gun, said Sgt. Sabrina Richardson of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crimes unit. They forced the victims back inside the business and ordered them onto the ground while they robbed the place of its cash, then locked the victims in a storage room, Richardson said. The two perpetrators then got into the victims’ vehicles to leave, Richardson said.

As they were leaving, an officer saw them and a chase ensued, leading to the 1600 block of South Rendon, where the suspect got out of the damaged vehicle he had been driving, said Officer Garry Flot, an NOPD spokesman. The officer fired a single shot that hit the suspect in the buttocks, Flot said, and the suspect was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

The officer was also hospitalized for an as-yet-unspecified injury, Flot said.

Investigators were able to confirm via security camera images that the suspect was in fact the gunman in the robbery, Richardson said. Flot said he did not know whether the suspect still had the gun at the time of his arrest.

Deputy Independent Police Monitor Simone Levine arrived at the scene on South Rendon soon after the shooting, and after several hours of investigation said it was still unclear what caused the officer to fire, or how he was injured.

“It’s just a whole lot of question marks,” Levine said. “We’re going to be here a lot longer.”

One nearby resident said that he was out watering his lawn when he heard the sounds of a car chase, then a single shot being fired. Upon hearing that the chase may have been prompted by an armed robbery, he said he was worried that the gunshot wound would barely slow the suspect down.

“It’s getting scary,” he said. “It’s a shame. The city’s trying to come back, and you’ve got these thugs trying to take over.”

The scene drew a number of high-ranking police officials, including Deputy Chiefs Darryl Albert and Kirk Bouyelas (both former commanders of the Uptown-based Second District), Second District Commander Paul Noel and Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. South Rendon remained closed from Eve to Eden streets for at least three hours as police investigated.

Dozens of police officers gather on South Rendon Street after an officer shot a robbery suspect Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

  7 Responses to “Robbery suspect shot by police officer after chase”

  1. Another armed robbery in New Orleans and another thorough investigation. Of course the investigation is not of the criminal, but of the cop who shot him in the ass, literally. Police monitor Levine promises to get to the bottom of this and there is little doubt in my mind that justice will be served. Unfortunately it’s the armed criminal who will be the treated will kid gloves and the cop who will be scrutinized to the nth degree by Ms. Levine and her crack team of investigators. Recently in Jefferson Parish 2 armed thugs held up a convenience store. In the pursuing police chase both died. One was shot by a JPSO cop and other jumped off of the elevated expressway to his death. Within hours (maybe minutes) the spokesperson for the JPSO was on TV praising his cops and saying the deaths of the thugs was justified. Score one (or in this case 2) for the JPSO. Meanwhile back in Orleans Parish another cop is under the radar of the police monitor for shooting an armed robber in the ass. I’m sure he’ll be assigned to “desk Duty” (one less cop on the streets) while Ms. Levine completes her investigation and if the past is prologue, the case will be referred to the District Attorney’s office for further investigation. As for the criminal, who knows. Once his ass heals he will undoubtedly be released to the custody of his drug addled mother. Is it any wonder that armed thugs rule the streets of Orleans Parish with seeming immunity?

    • Mr. Tulaman has obviously been aware of the same situations concerning the treatment of thugs vs. the police as I have. A criminal, caught in the act and identified, attempting to avoid capture is shot in the butt (not killed) by an officer who was well within his duty in firing upon said perp, then said perp will get someone who is supposed to be on the side
      of the victims, to help prosecute said officer. The officer’s marksmanship is to be lauded.
      He aimed at probably the biggest target he had and scored a bulls’ eye. This time a THUG
      got a “cap in HIS ass”. Back off, Levine.

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  3. While I agree that the police department and the offices to which it has to report are crippled by vast amount of [often] pointless bureaucracy (like pretty much any civil service you care to mention), to the degree that this can sometimes be a hindrance in getting job done, I think that the previous poster’s comments may be a little ill-informed.

    To be honest, I personally can see little fault laying with the officer in this case. But this is only based on what I have read about the incident and my natural desire to see a reduction in violent crime on the street of my hometown. Unless we were there, none of us know want really went down. And, let’s face it, there have been plenty of incidences of cops pushing, and often exceeding , the boundaries of the law to achieve their goals – pure or otherwise. That’s why the people of New Orleans voted overwhelmingly for the IPM to be formed.

    I expect that the IPM will likewise see no issue with this incident, as long as the follow-up is handled correctly. But, either way, I believe that we are fortunate that there is a body out there who can help ensure that the NOPD stays true to it oath to protect and serve, rather than run the streets as it sees fit.

    But the crux of matter here is that the IPM will not be investigating a thing in this case or any other. If there is ever any suggestion that an officer has behaved incorrectly, it’s the Department and then Internal Affairs’ responsibility to investigate. The police will police the police.

    The IPM is not authorized to carry out any investigation – its only function is to solely to monitor (that’d be the ‘M’ in ‘IPM’) that the processes are carried out diligently without any bias. And it is only there to do this because the city wanted an independent body (which, incidentally, is chronically underfunded and made up of just four people, who I am sure have no desire to be on crime scenes until the early hours of Sunday morning), to ensure that the streets are truly kept clean.

    If it ever became apparent that the IPM was actually hindering the justice it wishes to preserve, I’m sure they would be ore than happy to step aside. In fact, the NOPD has it within its power to banish this perceived hindrance forever. All it has to do is always be completely transparent in all its dealings, follow-up serious incidents (no matter how clear-cut they may seem) to the highest possible standards and not tolerate any deviation from the law by a single member of its ranks.

    But until that day, I – for one – can’t see why we wouldn’t want someone working alongside the many good and honest officers of the law who regularly carry out hard and dangerous work, in pursuit of the same thing we all want – a better New Orleans.

  4. I think there’s a little confusion here about the role of the Independent Police Monitor. As far, as I’m aware, all they do is check that the police do their job properly and report back to the people who pay for this service. I don’t think they have any power to assign cops to desk duty or call in the DA. And wasn’t there a public vote on whether this body should be formed? If there was no need, I expect that vote would have gone the other way…

  5. We have too short a memory in this city. Many New Orleanians seem to believe that police brutality only occurred during those dark days of Hurricane Katrina. But just months after the storm, Robert Davis, a retired elementary school teacher, was detained, arrested, and beaten by four police officers on October 9, 2005. After realizing that members of the Associated Press were filming Davis’s arrest, officers assaulted an Associated Press producer. The ongoing pervasiveness of police brutality was highlighted by a scathing 115-page 2011 U.S. Department of Justice report on problems within the department.

    Too many residents of this city believe that the only way to progress is to allow the police free reign over the city. That happened in the 1990’s. With free reign, officers were allowed to use any policing tactics they liked, and as a result over 50 NOPD officers were arrested for felonies between 1993 and 1998. While there was some downward pressure on the violent crime rate, the city’s violent crime rate continued to far outpace that of comparably sized cities. The lesson we should take from the 1990s is that allowing the police to commit countless atrocities will not result in a safe city.

    For a truly safe community, all stakeholders must be brought to the table. For this to happen there must be a basic level of trust between all members of the community and the police. Establishing this trust is precisely the goal of Ms. Levine and the rest of the Independent Police Monitor’s office. Through objective reviewing of any potential case of police misconduct, their office allows members of the community to know when our city’s police officers are conducting themselves in the right way and when they are abusing their power.

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