NOPD: Palmer Avenue robbery suspect who shot at Tulane police arrested

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Jamon A. Vaughn

A man who robbed a Palmer Avenue resident at gunpoint on his front porch and then fired at two Tulane University officers who tried to intervene is now in custody on robbery and attempted-murder charges, police said.

The victim was sitting on his front porch in the 2500 block of Palmer Avenue, talking on his cell phone shortly before 5 a.m., when he was approached by 28-year-old Jamon Vaughn, police said. Vaughn drew a gun, demanded the victim’s money, and when the victim said he had none, Vaughn forced the victim into his house and demanded his cell phone, keys and TV, police said.

Vaughn then forced the victim outside to his vehicle just as two Tulane University Police officers, Nicole Cody and Jason Coulter, arrived. The victim threw his TV at Vaughn and ran away, and Vaughn fired two shots at Cody and Coulter, who then retreated and called for backup.

“The officers used amazing restraint by not returning fire, considering the safety of the residents in the immediate area,” wrote NOPD Officer Shereese Harper in a news release.

After a search of the neighborhood, police dogs called in from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office found Vaughn hiding underneath a home in the 2500 block of State Street, police said. He was identified by both the original robbery victim and the Tulane officers, police said.

After treatment for a dog bite he suffered during his arrest, Vaughn was jailed on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, two gun charges and two counts of resisting arrest. He was already wanted on a burglary charge and a drug charge, and he has previously been arrested for gun charges, drug charges and domestic battery.

Detectives with the NOPD Second District also determined that Vaughn had an accomplice, 25-year-old Nicholas Russell, who was also wanted for a number of nearby auto burglaries.

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