A man shot in the arm Monday by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has been released from the hospital and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Jonathan Arnold, 22, was booked on a list of drug- and firearm-related counts stemming from a chase that briefly shut down some major thoroughfares in Metairie. He also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Arnold’s alleged accomplice, Justin Craft, was booked with conspiracy to distribute heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and violating parole.
Plainclothes narcotics detectives, believing Arnold and Craft had been transporting heroin, tried to stop their Nissan Altima at the intersection of West Esplanade and Severn avenues about 2:30 p.m. Monday. Arnold was driving; Craft was a passenger.
Deputies tried to block the vehicle in, parking in front and behind it, said Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman. Arnold threw the vehicle in reverse, Fortunato said, crashing into a JPSO vehicle and accelerating toward one of the deputies.
Two deputies shot at the vehicle, striking Arnold in the arm.
Deputies managed to force the vehicle off the road near the southbound Interstate 10 on-ramp at the intersection of Causeway and Veterans Memorial boulevards, Fortunato said. No deputies were injured.
Investigators recovered a gun and heroin they said were thrown from the car during the chase.
Arnold has several prior drug-related convictions and was released on parole in July. Craft also has a lengthy criminal record and was paroled in December.