A suspected bank robber was shot in the leg after he leveled a gun at a Jefferson Parish deputy following a brief chase Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Brandon Gray, 38, of Marrero, was taken to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans for treatment before being booked, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. His wounds were not serious.
Authorities allege Gray walked into the IberiaBank at 1820 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero about 10 a.m. and robbed it. He fled in a blue GMC Suburban.
The Sheriff’s Office broadcast a description of the SUV, which a deputy spotted at Ames and Lapalco boulevards, Fortunato said.
The deputy tried to pull over the SUV, but it sped away, and the deputy began a chase.
The chase ended when Gray hit a home in the 2100 block of Constantine Drive, Fortunato said.
At that point, Gray hopped out of the vehicle with a bag of money that was taken during the robbery and a gun that he pointed at the deputy, Fortunato said.
The deputy fired at Gray, hitting him once in the leg.
After being shot, Gray jumped several fences in an effort to escape but was apprehended in the backyard of a home in the 2000 block of Constantine Drive.
Deputy Ted Raymond, who shot Gray, will remain on regular duty, as is standard procedure with the Sheriff’s Office.
“Certainly this is textbook the way it happened,” Fortunato said of Raymond firing upon a suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at him.
No one else is suspected in the robbery, and no one was injured when the SUV hit the home.
Martha Thompson, who owns the home, said the vehicle hit her utility room, likely leaving a wet mess for her to have to clean up later in the day.
Gray had not been booked into the Jefferson Parish jail as of Thursday evening.
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