A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Metairie was arrested in Baton Rouge near Tigerland on Monday, after a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy fired at him as he tried to escape.
No one was struck in the incident, and the Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating the use of force aspect of the incident, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office reported.
The case began as a missing persons investigation on Sunday evening, after a woman called the Sheriff's Office, reporting that her husband had gone to meet someone on Airline Drive in Metairie to sell his vehicle and had not returned.
On Monday morning, investigators, working with Baton Rouge Police and the Louisiana Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension Unit, located the victim's vehicle in an apartment complex in the 4400 block of Alvin Dark Avenue in Baton Rouge and set up surveillance.
At about 11:30 a.m., a man, who was not the victim, approached the vehicle. As officers attempted to talk to him, he ran into a wooded area nearby; one deputy fired several shots, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said in a statement.
The suspect was uninjured and was shortly taken into custody. A second suspect at the apartment complex was also arrested.
About an hour later, a resident called the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office to report that they had found what appeared to be a body in a field near the intersection of Lark Street and Linden Street in Metairie.
Responding deputies tentatively identified the remains as those of the missing person. The victim's identity has been withheld, pending notification of the next of kin.
In a press conference Monday, Lopinto said the preliminary investigation revealed the man suffered a gunshot wound. The victim lived in the 5800 block of Airline Drive in Metairie, not far from where his body was found, the sheriff said.