LAFAYETTE — A Texas man wanted in three states is in police custody after he turned himself in to Louisiana State Police while armed with a handgun that had been stolen from the New Orleans Police Department.
Allen Norris, 29, was carrying a Glock 22, .40-caliber pistol in a leather holster on his right hip and claimed to be suicidal when he walked into the Troop I station on Pont des Mouton Road shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, according to Troop A spokesperson Jared Sandifer.
Norris, a convicted felon from Cedar Hill, Texas, with an Arizona driver’s license, told police he wanted to turn himself in because he had warrants out for him in other states and because he wanted to take his own life, Sandifer said.
Troopers arrested Norris on the warrants for attempted arson and a probation violation and for illegally possessing a stolen gun and carrying a firearm as a convicted felon. The gun was apparently burglarized from a NOPD detective’s car, according to the arrest affidavit.
Tyler Gamble, a spokeman for the NOPD, said the detective remembered last seeing his gun about 5 a.m. on Sept. 2. At the time, it was secured inside his personal vehicle while he was en route to his residence, he said.
The detective noticed the weapon missing at 7 p.m. while at his parents’ house in Metairie, Gamble said. The detective reported that none of the expensive items in his car at the time were stolen. He said he believes the gun might have been misplaced when the detective was repairing a flat tire on his vehicle near Pink and Aris streets in Metairie.
Norris was wanted in Alabama for attempted arson, in Missouri for violating probation and on another warrant out of Virginia.
“Because of significant security measures in place at Troop I, no threat was posed to troopers or civilians working in the troop,” Sandifer said.