A search resumed Tuesday for a fugitive sought on warrants for rape, kidnapping and shooting at police officers, authorities confirmed.
Reported sightings of Kaunda Lopaz Magee late Tuesday afternoon brought deputies and a helicopter back to an area near Kentwood to resume a search for him that began last week.
“We believe he is armed,” Dawn Panepinto, of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, said as the search progressed Tuesday evening.
She said deputies consider Magee dangerous.
“We’ve had some sightings,” she said earlier. “We are out with air and ground support.”
The search focused on an area in the vicinity of La. 1054 just northeast of the wooded area where the original search took place last week, the spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said.
State troopers also were helping in the search Tuesday evening, said spokesman Nick Manale, of State Police Troop L.
Washington Parish deputies and a state trooper chased Magee early this month after a report of a home invasion and sexual assault, Manale said
Shots were fired at the officers during that chase, Manale said.
Another chase began in Tangipahoa Parish on Thursday afternoon when Magee fled from Washington Parish sheriff’s deputies who stopped his car. He ran into a wooded area off La. 38 near Kentwood, authorities said.
A number of law enforcement agencies took part in the search Friday for Magee, 36, who is wanted on warrants for aggravated rape, kidnapping, criminal damage to property and four counts of attempted murder of police officers, Panepinto said.