A New Orleans police officer is recovering form a gunshot wound and the hunt is on for the man police say shot him. Police say the shooting happened in Algiers Tuesday night after a traffic stop.
Police pulled over a car near Hermosa St. and Mardi Gras Blvd., under the Crescent City Connection bridge, for a traffic violation and say the driver and a passenger got out of the car, and fled on foot. Police arrested the driver, but the passenger, identified as 24-year-old Troy Armstead (left), shot at them, hitting one of the officers in the hand. The officers did not return fire and the suspect got away.
Police say the injured officer is doing fine.
According to police, the suspect, Armstead, has a lengthy criminal history and is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Police say Armstead is on probation until 2015 for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Cops also say he was previously arrested for second degree battery, narcotics, crack possession, marijuana distribution, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting a police officer, lewd conduct, and disturbing the peace.Anyone with information on Armstead’s whereabouts should call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP (7867).
Police booked the driver, Lawrence Dugay, on traffic violations, and say he has a previous arrest for marijuana possession.