METAIRIE, La. -- A JPSO Deputy was shot after responding to a domestic disturbance in Metairie Saturday morning.

According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, the shooting and police search began after Deputy Nicholas Songy responded to a domestic disturbance call near the intersection of Severn and West Metairie Avenues around noon.

Normand said the shooter, 38-year-old Isreal Flores, opened fire on Songy and shot him in the thigh. Songy returned fire, wounding the man before retreating.

Deputy Songy is a 21-year JPSO veteran according to the sheriff's office. He is currently at University Medical Center where he is alert and doing well according to Normand.

JPSO then set a perimeter in the area and began to evacuate neighbors in nearby houses.

A K-9 unit was able to track the suspected shooter's blood to the 3500 block of 46th Street, where officers found Flores on the back balcony of a home. After evacuating the family inside, Normand said officers surrounded the suspected shooter and told him to drop his weapon, but he raised it towards police instead. Officers then opened fire, fatally shooting him.

According to the sheriff's office,Flores was currently wanted on a number of attachments for being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as several drug related offenses. He has a prior criminal history with numerous arrests for: possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during a drug transaction, resisting arrest and several counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses and working to determine the domestic disturbance that started this incident.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 504-822-1111.