Gunfire at University Medical Center in New Orleans as Jefferson Parish deputies chase escaped prisoner _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- The new University Medical Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Starting at 6 a.m., 30 ambulances transported patients from Interim LSU Hospital on Perdido Street to the long-anticipated 2.3 million square-foot University Medical Center just two blocks away across Tulane Avenue.


A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy fired shots Sunday morning at a prisoner who escaped while receiving medical care at University Medical Center in New Orleans, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman said. No one was injured.

The incident came less than 24 hours after a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man near Covington after a vehicle chase Saturday night.

St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston on Sunday identified the victim in that shooting as Joshua Douglas, 24, of Madisonville. An autopsy is pending.

State Police are in charge of the investigation but have released few details.

In the New Orleans incident, New Orleans police spokesman Tyler Gamble said two Jefferson deputies were guarding Domonique Battle, 26, who was being treated for heroin ingestion at the New Orleans hospital.

After Battle escaped from custody about 8:20 a.m., the deputies chased him down a stairwell and then out onto Canal Street. As the deputies pursued Battle, shots were fired inside the stairwell and on the street, Gamble said.

Gamble said Battle was unarmed but somehow was able to get possession of a female deputy’s Taser stun gun.

Battle was apprehended near the intersection of North Miro and Iberville streets by New Orleans officers responding to a 911 caller who reported a prisoner was trying to get into her vehicle. The deputy’s Taser was recovered near the same spot.

Battle will be booked on aggravated escape.

The NOPD Force Investigation Team is looking into the incident. The Independent Police Monitor’s Office and the federal consent decree monitors also were notified.

In the earlier incident, State Police spokesman Sgt. Nick Manale said St. Tammany deputies began chasing a suspect who was driving a four-door silver Infiniti sedan in Mandeville about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The chase ended with the shooting at Third Avenue near Helenberg Road, Manale said.

Another person was in the vehicle with Douglas but was not shot.

Several deputies were at the scene during the shooting.

St. Tammany deputies have been involved in a few other fatal shootings within the past several months.

In October, after a pursuit in Mandeville, deputies shot and killed burglary suspect Darien Greenwood, 30, of Covington, striking him seven times, after they said Greenwood lunged at a deputy with a switchblade and stabbed a police dog.

In September, St. Tammany deputies were part of a larger force that shot and killed Lucien Rolland after he fled an attempted traffic stop and led officers on a 45-minute chase back and forth between St. Tammany and New Orleans. Officers from the State Police and Slidell Police Department shot Rolland 18 times on a Slidell overpass as he got out of his white pickup with a semi-automatic handgun, Sheriff Jack Strain said.

In New Orleans, two Jefferson Parish deputies who had chased 22-year-old Eric Harris across the Crescent City Connection from Oakwood Mall in February shot and killed him after they said he shifted his vehicle into reverse and began backing up in their direction. Harris had crashed his Infiniti near Simon Bolivar Avenue and Philip Street on Lundi Gras night.