HAMMOND — A man accused of raping two women near Hammond was shot and wounded by Hammond police early Thursday, police said.
Durelle Jones, 24, was taken to a North Oaks Health Center after exchanging gunfire with two police officers who confronted him outside a convenience store, Hammond Police Chief Roddy Devall said.
Jones is accused of kidnapping two women and raping them before taking them to LaPlace, where one of the women was able to attract attention, Devall said.
Jones fled and stole a truck, which he then drove back to Hammond, Devall said.
Police were notified of the truck’s location by OnStar.
When two officers approached Jones, who was leaving a convenience store, fled, firing shots as he ran, Devall said.
The officers returned fire, hitting Jones twice in the upper body, Devall said.
Jones will be booked on counts of aggravated rape, armed robbery, and possibly other counts, Devall said.