The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a New Orleans man suspected of shooting at deputies with a laser-sighted Glock pistol in Marrero last week.
Jefferson Sheriff Newell Normand said Tuesday that Malcolm Hall, 21, of New Orleans, is accused of shooting at three JPSO Street Crimes Unit officers as they were getting out of an unmarked car in an abandoned lot near the corner of James and Jordan drives about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
Hall, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in connection with a shooting on Bourbon Street that injured four people during Mardi Gras festivities in 2013, knew that he was targeting police before he unleashed the five shots, according to Normand.
Two of the officers returned fire with 14 shots, but no one was injured on either side of the exchange.
Hall was booked on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and four counts of possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance.
Deputies also arrested Terrance Carter, 20, of Marrero, who they said confessed to being with Hall shortly before the deputies were fired upon. While he denied being near Hall during the shooting, he was booked on four counts of possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Normand said deputies found guns and marijuana in Carter’s residence.
Investigators believe Carter’s assertion that he left the scene shortly before the bullets started flying, but Normand nevertheless branded both men “cop killers.”
“They have no remorse ... about shooting at the police,” Normand said. “I’m proud to say that today neither one of these individuals will decide whose lives matter anymore. It’s over for them.”
Last week, the Sheriff’s Office released dramatic pictures of a bullet-riddled Sheriff’s Office unmarked sedan. While no one was injured, “a second would have made a difference between possibly life or death,” Normand said.
Deputies, detectives and agents from Louisiana Probation and Parole swarmed the Marrero neighborhood immediately after the shooting, according to the JPSO.
Investigators found Carter and Hall early on Sept. 4 inside a home on James Drive, where they also turned up a small amount of marijuana and stolen weapons. One of the guns was a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which Normand said was stolen from a New Orleans Police Department officer.
JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said later that assertion was based on a criminal records operator’s incorrect information.
NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said the handgun had been reported stolen from a private residence on June 21.
The Sheriff’s Office said Carter acknowledged telling Hall on the night of the shooting that the three men inside the unmarked car near them were police officers.
It was after Carter left the area that Hall pointed his gun’s laser sight at the front windshield of the deputies’ vehicle and started shooting with the Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hall initially was booked on four counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 2013 Bourbon Street shooting, which occurred the Saturday before Mardi Gras, but he pleaded guilty in August 2013 only to four counts of obstruction of justice. He received a five-year suspended sentence and probation.
He was wanted for arrest at the time of the Marrero shooting for failing to comply with the terms of his probation.
Normand said release of information about the two men’s arrest had been delayed over the weekend to allow deputies time to conduct an investigation into “the depth and breadth of this drug-dealing enterprise that was involved in this particular neighborhood.” He declined to elaborate.
As he did during an April news conference after deputies shot and killed Desmond Willis, who was alleged to have opened fire on them after a traffic stop, Normand took the opportunity Tuesday to rail against what he perceives as a culture of disrespect for police.
Alluding to the protests that have trained an unflattering spotlight on police conduct nationally since the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Normand said, “All lives matter, none more than blue lives.”
In April, Normand denounced the residents of Pebble Walk and Kensington Gardens in Harvey for failing to report Willis’ alleged drug dealing to authorities, and on Tuesday, he again called on citizens to “collaborate to change what’s going on out here.”
“How much more is it going to take for this to change?” the sheriff asked. “We gotta stand up and make a difference and win back every block and every neighborhood, one bloody step at a time, if that’s what it takes.”