NEW ORLEANS, Lou. – Tulane University police were left no choice but to open fire on a former school employee who was allegedly trying to run down officers with his car, NOLA.com reported.
The bizarre story began when a former contracted employee of Tulane University trespassed onto campus and allegedly exposed himself to people on the property, police say.
When officers confronted him near the corner of Ben Weiner Drive and South Claiborne Avenue, close to the school’s football and baseball stadiums, he began resisting. Instead of being placed under arrest, the man suddenly ran and jumped into his vehicle and then threw it in gear and attempted to hit the officers with his car, the report said.
The officers, fearing for their safety, drew their weapons and fired at the suspect, but he managed to drive away and escape custody.
“Weapons were discharged to subdue the subject,” a broadcasted alert from the university read.
The Tulane Police Department released a statement saying that officers “were investigating the presence of a former contract employee on campus” for trespassing and indecent exposure before the shooting happened.
After he fled, police initially lost track of where he went.
Shooting by Tulane police near campus | What we know so far:
-Police shot ex-school contract employee
-Man allegedly tried to run over officers trying to arrest him
-He showed up at hospital in critical condition https://t.co/ei2uSBYKx8
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) September 6, 2019
But less than a mile down the road, the suspect was involved in a crash. Security footage captured the moments after the shooting as the suspect’s white vehicle collides with the side of a work van as it attempted to drive through an intersection.
A neighbor shared home surveillance video with us showing the suspect (white car) run into a van. He is holding a toddler and jumps into the black car.
The suspect is a former contract employee with Tulane and was wanted for indecent exposure.
— Erika Ferrando WWLTV (@ErikaFerrandoTV) September 6, 2019
The man was then seen taking a toddler out his vehicle and then climbing into a different car, which reportedly drove him to the emergency room.
Police now suspect that the child was in the vehicle when the man tried to use it to run down the officers, though it’s unclear if the officers knew that at the time of the shooting.
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The child was reported to have suffered minor injuries, though it was not known whether they stemmed from the result of the shooting or the car accident shortly afterward.
It was not clear whether the suspect was injured by gunfire, but police later took him into custody. His name has not been released to the public.
The New Orleans Police Department says that it has a cooperating policing agreement with Tulane University. Its Force Investigation Team is now investigating the incident.
NOLA.com reported that NOPD guidelines prohibit the agency’s officers from firing at moving vehicles being driven at them unless the officers are also faced with a second form of force, such as a gun aimed at them.
But the NOPD’s guidelines do not apply to outside agencies with which it collaborates.