Man points gun at NOPD officers

A man was arrested in the Lower 9th Ward on Saturday night after he pointed a gun at police during a foot chase, according to Officer Garry Flot, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.

Flot said police were dispatched about 7:25 p.m. to St. Claude and Jourdan avenues, where they spotted a man with a gun.

The man ran and officers chased him, at which time the suspect pointed his gun at police, though he did not fire, Flot said. One of the officers fired his weapon at the suspect but didn’t hit him, according to Flot.

The man, identified as 19-year-old Jiren Major, was arrested, but Flot did not provide details about what charges he was booked on.

Four shot in separate incidents

Four people were shot in separate incidents in New Orleans between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, according to Officer Garry Flot, an NOPD spokesman.

Flot said a man was shot in the abdomen Saturday night in the River Garden neighborhood. The incident happened about 8 p.m. in the 500 block of Josephine Street. The man’s condition was not available.

A woman was shot in the hand about 10 p.m. in New Orleans East. Flot said the incident happened in the 7800 block of Dorsett Drive.

At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a man was shot in the foot in Algiers, Flot said. The shooting happened in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive.

Finally, a man was shot in the 13000 block of Chef Menteur Highway around noon Sunday, Flot said. The man’s condition was not provided.

Jefferson authorities warn of phone scam

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents to avoid becoming victims of a phone scheme that recently defrauded a 79-year-old River Ridge woman of thousands of dollars, according to Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Fortunato said the woman received calls from two numbers she didn’t recognize. The callers told the woman that her granddaughter had been arrested and needed $7,000.

According to Fortunato, the caller instructed the woman to obtain “Green Dot cards,” which serve as U.S. currency and can be purchased at local retailers.

The woman purchased the cards and then read the numbers to the caller. Fortunato said the woman was called repeatedly and continued to do as instructed by purchasing thousands of dollars of additional money cards.

He said the phone numbers used in the scam were (438) 933-4265 and (438) 961-9053. The numbers are from an unknown provider in Quebec and Montreal, Canada, Fortunato said.

The Sheriff’s Office has asked the FBI for assistance in the investigation.

Man shot Sunday afternoon in Avondale

A man was shot Sunday afternoon in Avondale, according to records from Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters.

The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. at Xavier and Butler drives. The man’s injuries were reported to be minor.

Body found in Industrial Canal

New Orleans police said a man’s body was found in the Industrial Canal early Sunday afternoon. Officer Garry Flot said the body was found near the Florida Avenue Bridge.