NEW ORLEANS – Police officers who responded to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a suspect late Tuesday night.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the 10600 block of Chef Menteur Highway at a Dollar General store.
Two other suspects are also in custody, one of whom was found hiding in a car in a parking lot at the crime scene, the other was turned in by his mother Wednesday morning.
According to Superintendent Michael Harrison, the officers got to the scene and encountered two of the gunmen leaving the back of the building. Police said it isn't certain at this time whether the gunman fired at officers.
Harrison said the situation began when suspects encountered employees of the Dollar General Store as they left work and forced them back into the building before they began to rob the store. When police arrived, the gunmen tried to escape out of the back door, and when they did, the hostages left through the front door to safety.
"The officers did a great job," said Harrison. "The acted very bravely, very safely. We're very fortunate that none of the officers were injured."
The two officers involved in the shooting were identified as Officer Clifford Thompson and Officer Joshua Carthon, according to the NOPD. Thompson is a 7-year veteran of the NOPD and Carthon is a 6-year veteran. Both officers were places on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of the investigation.
A semi-automatic gun was found near the body of the dead suspect. A bag with about $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise was also found inside the store.
Harrison said police officers were wearing body cameras and that the cameras were turned on and recorded the encounter.
He said that the independent police monitor, a monitor of the consent decree and a member of the district attorney's office were also on the scene due to it being a police-involved shooting.