KENTWOOD – Deputies exchanged shots Tuesday morning with a man they have been chasing for more than two weeks, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
The search for Kaunda Lopaz Magee moved to a new wooded area Tuesday morning, after Magee stole a car near Kentwood and fled into Mississippi, said Dawn Panepinto of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies spotted the vehicle just inside Mississippi and Magee ran off the road. He fired at deputies as he fled into the woods, Panepinto said.
She said deputies returned the fire, but were unsure whether they hit Magee.
No deputies were injured, Panepinto said.
Magee, 36, is wanted on warrants for aggravated rape, kidnapping, criminal damage to property and four counts of attempted murder of police officers in connection with an Oct. 3 home invasion in Washington Parish.
Tangipahoa deputies have been searching for him in a wooded area northeast of Kentwood for more than two weeks.
Since the escape, Magee has broken into houses, stolen food and clothes, tied up a woman and shot a police dog, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has said.
Tuesday morning’s car theft is the second during that period, but Tangipahoa Parish deputies have caught up with Magee and forced him back into the woods in both cases, authorities reported.
Tangipahoa Parish and Pike County deputies continued their search Tuesday morning with the aid of dogs and a helicopter, Panepinto said.