KENNER, La. – Police in Louisiana are on the hunt for a man who they said opened fire on a police officer during a traffic stop on Monday.
Kenner Police say that one of their officers attempted to make a traffic stop around 11 a.m. on Monday. That’s when the suspect, whom police identified as 20-year-old Hassan Norris, fired a gun at the officer who had pulled him over.
The officer did not fire back at the suspect, police confirmed. The officer was not reported to have sustained any injuries.
Norris then fled the scene and escaped into Jefferson Parish jurisdiction. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has now joined Kenner authorities in the hunt to try and track down the dangerous man.
Norris is reportedly now wanted on a warrant for his arrest in the charge of attempted first-degree murder.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the JPSO Homicide section at 504-364-5300 or contact Crimestoppers.
This is the second time in the last 24 hours that a suspect has shot at a member of Louisiana law enforcement.
Authorities in Baton Rouge are still investigating the details of a shooting that landed a police sergeant in the hospital on Monday night.
Details are still coming in, but here’s what we know so far.
The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday when Baton Rouge Police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance between a man and a woman at a home on the 900 block of Geranium Street.
At some point while the officers were conducting their investigation into the call, a man inside the home allegedly pulled a firearm and opened fire, somehow only striking the sergeant in the leg.
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Local residents who overheard the situation spoke with The Advocate about what they witnessed.
“My roommate and I were sitting on the couch when we heard the shots ring out in succession, like someone unloading an entire clip,” one neighbor said. “And then a few moments later a couple more shots.”
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The suspect reportedly tried to flee, but officers quickly surrounded the area.
Police vehicles, including a SWAT team poured into the area as the call went out that shots were fired and an officer was down. One witness said as time went on, more and more units showed up at the chaotic scene.
#BREAKING: An officer was reportedly shot while responding to a domestic call on Geranium Street Monday night in Baton Rouge. Emergency officials say a possible hostage situation is underway and that SWAT is responding. https://t.co/7CJCIJsL96
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Authorities say a SWAT vehicle was used to breach the door just before 9 p.m. Officers were able to then successfully take the alleged shooter into custody. The woman inside the home was also detained, but is not facing any criminal charges. She is being questioned about the details of Monday’s standoff.
After the man and woman were safely taken into custody, police began to cordon off the scene with police tape.
Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said that the officer’s injuries were not life threatening. The injured officer was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to receive medical attention.
“You just don’t know the extent of a person’s mind when they’re dealing with a domestic type situation,” McKneely said. “You don’t know how far he or she may want to take it.”
Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome released the following statement on Monday.
“I’ve gone to the hospital where the officer was taken and met with him and his family. Please keep them in prayer as he begins his journey of recovery.”