A man accused of nearly driving over a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was shot by the deputy after a chase in Marrero on Thursday afternoon.
The wounded man, 31-year-old Quintin Sanders, was hit in the shoulder, and his life was not in danger, Sheriff Joseph Lopinto told reporters. No deputy involved in the encounter was injured either.
The sheriff said the incident began when detectives on proactive patrol tried to stop Sanders' car as it impeded the road in the neighborhood surrounding the corner of Garden and Acres roads about 3:30 p.m. Sanders at first refused to stop but then did before striking an unmarked Sheriff's Office cruiser that tried to block him in, knocking one of the cruiser's tires off its axle, Lopinto said.
Deputies had gotten out of their vehicle at that point to make an arrest, and one holding onto Sanders' door was briefly dragged. Sanders then allegedly accelerated toward a second detective, who fired six gunshots out of fear for his life, striking the driver once in the shoulder, Lopinto's office said.
Sanders was soon captured and taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment.
Lopinto said it was fortunate no one's life was taken during the incident but said he was disappointed a man struck a Sheriff's Office car and nearly hit a deputy.
Sanders faces two counts of attempted murder as well as a number of illegal drug and gun violations, Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde said in a statement released late Thursday.
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A woman living near the scene, Alvina Austin, described hearing the gunfire.
"I was sitting in the bourse with my mom, watching television, when we heard like a thud, and then we heard, like, six gun shots," Austin said.
Austin said she and a group of other neighbors on the street ran outside and immediately recognized the car and victim.
Thursday marked the second time in less than a month that a Sheriff's Office deputy has struck someone with gunfire. A man accused of beating and carjacking another man in Marrero, then leading deputies on a car chase was shot as he backed his stolen truck into one of the deputies on Jan. 4.
The carjacking suspect as well as an alleged accomplice were later arrested in the case.
There have also been a number of other instances involving Jefferson deputies firing at drivers suspected of crimes.
In October, a deputy shot a man who he said rammed him with a car during a Metairie drug sting.
In April, deputies working a drug sting approached a man who they believed was holding a weapon while sitting in a car. They then shot the driver as he backed up toward the deputies. The driver then crashed his car into a canal in Terrytown. Both he and a passenger survived and were booked on multiple counts.
The JPSO differs from other agencies in that it does not require deputies to face a second form of violent force aside from the vehicle itself — such as a gun — to justify their opening fire in confrontations involving cars.
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