An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputy fired his gun at a driver who hit him with his car while fleeing a traffic stop at Canal and Basin streets around 8:30 a.m. Monday, police said.
The suspect ditched the car at Dumaine and North Robertson streets. Police are not sure if the driver was injured, police spokesman Garry Flot said.
It was not immediately clear how man rounds the deputy fired at the suspect near the busy intersection. The deputy, who has not been identified, was not seriously injured.
Although sheriff’s deputies are typically assigned to duties related to the city jail, the deputy involved in the shooting was performing traffic stops as part of a two-week seatbelt enforcement campaign funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
A Department of Public Works truck could be seen towing a green Chevrolet Tahoe with gray side panels near the intersection where police said the suspect’s car had been abandoned.