Jefferson Parish deputies shot and wounded a 19-year-old man in Marrero on Monday night after they said he drove a stolen car into one deputy so quickly that the imprint of the officer’s head was left on the vehicle’s windshield.
Gunshots from two deputies left a sedan — which the Sheriff’s Office said was reported stolen earlier in the evening and which had been given a half-finished, shoddy paint job — riddled with bullet holes.
After an extensive search involving a K-9 unit, Equan Anderson was found with a gunshot wound to his back and a graze wound to his head.
Doctors at University Medical Center treated and released Anderson, who was then booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
The incident marked at least the third time in the past year that Jefferson deputies have fired at a moving vehicle, a practice that some police departments have banned.
The confrontation began about 11:30 p.m. Monday when 3rd District patrol deputies Kenneth Guichard and William Burandt spotted a blue 2009 Toyota Corolla that had been reported stolen during a burglary on Carol Sue Drive in Terrytown about 7 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
The car was parked in the 6800 block of Gentry Road with Anderson inside, Fortunato said.
The two deputies were driving separate marked vehicles. Burandt stopped his just past the Corolla, deputies said, while Guichard tried to block the stolen vehicle from the front.
Fortunato said that as Guichard approached the Corolla on foot from the front, and Burandt from the rear, Anderson accelerated toward the deputy in front of him. Anderson’s vehicle struck Guichard, whose head broke the car’s windshield after his body hit the hood,the Sheriff’s Office said.
Fortunato said Guichard fired three rounds before his gun jammed. Burandt then fired “numerous times.”
As Burandt tended to a stunned Guichard on the street, Fortunato said, he called headquarters and alerted them that Anderson had sped away onto Constantine Drive. Deputies said they found the stolen Corolla with the engine still running in the 2100 block of Constantine.
A K-9 dog found Anderson in the rear yard of a house in the 2000 block of Maharry Drive, deputies said. He was bitten by the dog, Nitro, after kicking it, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Fortunato said in a release that Anderson “continued to resist” when another deputy approached him, but that “his resistance was overcome.”
Anderson was booked on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest by flight and fight.
Guichard, who sustained a laceration over his left eye, was treated at the Ochsner Medical Center — West Bank Campus and released Tuesday morning.
Jefferson deputies previously fired guns at moving vehicles in separate incidents in June and July. None of the four suspects involved in those cases was seriously injured.
Citing the risk to bystanders, several police departments across the country have prohibited officers from shooting at moving vehicles unless their occupants fire at the officers. The Denver Police Department introduced such a policy in June after the death of a 17-year-old girl spurred protests last year.