Darien Greenwood, the burglary suspect fatally shot Tuesday by two St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, was hit seven times, a spokesman for the Parish Coroner’s Office said Thursday. An autopsy also revealed “ample evidence” of dog bites.
Greenwood was shot Tuesday near Armel Road northeast of Mandeville after a four-hour manhunt. Deputies searching, along with Thor, a Belgian Malinois police dog, found Greenwood hiding near a pile of debris, according to Sheriff Jack Strain.
Greenwood attacked one of the deputies with a knife, and Thor intervened, Strain said. At that point, Greenwood stabbed Thor in the neck and shoulder area, and the deputies opened fire. Greenwood was pronounced dead at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.
Greenwood died of multiple gunshot wounds, Coroner’s Office spokesman James Hartman said. Two bullets entered his right arm and then penetrated his right side, one entered his left shoulder, another his left arm, two his upper left back and one his left lower chest.
The pathologist determined that two of the gunshot wounds could have been fatal, Hartman said.
The suspect also had been hit by a stun gun, he said. A sheriff’s spokesman confirmed that two deputies had fired stun guns at Greenwood.
Greenwood’s body had dog bites on the right arm, right side and right upper chest. He also had a knife cut from his own weapon on his upper right chest.
The two deputies have been placed on leave while Sheriff’s Office detectives investigate. Neither deputy required medical attention; their names have not been released.
Thor is at a local veterinary clinic, and Strain is hopeful that he will make a full recovery and return to duty. The Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Humane Society are partnering to accept donations on the dog’s behalf.
Tuesday’s incident began when Greenwood and another man allegedly broke into a residence near La. 1088. The owner of the house called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle the men fled in; the vehicle was spotted a few minutes later on La. 59 near Interstate 12. When deputies attempted to pull the car over, the men took off on foot.
One of them — Dean Perkins, 22 — was caught within minutes. But Greenwood fled into a wooded area, prompting the search.
Greenwood had a violent history. He served nearly four years in prison for an armed robbery and aggravated second-degree battery in 2007. On his Facebook page, he claimed to have served in the Army.
Advocate staff writer Sara Pagones contributed to this story.
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