Vehicles exchange gunfire, crash on I-10

A man was shot and two others were taken into custody early Monday morning after two vehicles exchanged gunfire and crashed on westbound Interstate 10 in Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

About 1 a.m., the JPSO received a report of people in a Dodge Charger and a Jeep Cherokee shooting at each other as they approached the Causeway Boulevard exit, followed by reports that the vehicles then crashed.

Officers were able to apprehend Tommie Bridges, 28, of Jefferson, and Verkeese Williby, 28, of New Orleans, after calls to 911 alerted deputies that the men were running away from the accident scene.

One caller in the 500 block of Melody Drive said a man was in the caller’s backyard, where Bridges was taken into custody. Bridges said he was a passenger in the Dodge Charger but couldn’t remember who the driver was.

Williby was located in the 1900 block of Metairie Court.

A third man — Kendrick Johnson, 27, of Kenner — went to Ochsner Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. Johnson told investigators he was driving a Dodge Charger on I-10 but couldn’t remember what happened or how he was shot, according to the JPSO.

Anyone with information is asked to call the JPSO at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man shot dead Sunday night in Algiers

A man was shot dead Sunday night near Gen. Meyer and Mansfield avenues in Algiers.

Police responding to a shooting about 9 p.m. found the man dead on the sidewalk.

The Coroner’s Office identified him as Timothy Williams, 39.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Homicide Detective Nicholas Williams at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two inmates cut by shanks at OPP

Three inmates attacked and stabbed two other inmates in Old Parish Prison on Thursday, according to police records.

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies took the victims, ages 19 and 20, to the hospital, where they were treated for cuts from homemade shanks. They were taken to another prison facility after the incident.

Based on early investigation findings, a news release said, the Sheriff’s Office expects to bring additional charges.

The inmates’ names are being withheld because the investigation is ongoing.

Pearl River man dies in crash Sunday

A 24-year Pearl River man was killed about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in a single-vehicle accident, officials said.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call about an overturned truck on Archie Singletary Road near West Ridgewood Drive. The driver of the Dodge pickup, later identified by the coroner as Dennis Swedberg Jr., was ejected from the vehicle when it left the roadway in a curve and hit a culvert.

Despite the efforts of first responders from St. Tammany Fire District No. 7 and Acadian Ambulance, Swedberg could not be resuscitated, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.

Speed is thought to have been a factor, the Sheriff’s Office said. Toxicology tests are pending with the Coroner’s Office.

Slidell man surrenders in vehicle burglaries

One of three men wanted in a string of vehicle burglaries in Slidell turned himself into St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies after seeing his picture posted on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, a spokeswoman said.

Beginning on Jan. 3, multiple vehicle burglaries were reported in various Slidell subdivisions. Credit cards, debit cards, cash and guns were stolen.

Detectives obtained surveillance video from a Wal-Mart where one of the stolen debit cards was used, and a message was posted Friday on the Facebook page with images of two men. Adam Gunnerson, 24, of Slidell, saw the Facebook post and turned himself in.

He confessed that he and two other men — Dakota Alman, 22, of International Falls, Minnesota, and Clinton Stephenson, 25, of Shreveport — were responsible for burglarizing vehicles in the Mariner’s Cove, Master’s Point, River Oaks and Kings Point subdivisions.

Gunnerson told detectives that he used his 2007 Toyota Corolla to drop off Alman and Stephenson in the subdivisions so they could burglarize vehicles.

Gunnerson was arrested on more than 20 counts of simple burglary and theft of firearms.

Warrants have been obtained for Alman and Stephenson, and they are being sought by law enforcement. It was learned that they left the state upon being tipped off that the Sheriff’s Office was looking for them, and they were last known to be in the Ocala, Florida, area.

Detectives executed several search warrants Friday evening and recovered some of the stolen property.

Covington man arrested in Terrebonne

A Covington man under indictment for aggravated rape was arrested in Terrebonne Parish last week, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators learned Thursday that a grand jury had indicted Keith LaFrance, 33, and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He allegedly battered his girlfriend and raped her in their home in September.

Investigators were unable to find LaFrance in St. Tammany Parish, but they got a lead that he might be in Thibodaux.

Members of the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies went to a trailer park where LaFrance was believed to be staying and found his truck parked in the driveway of a mobile home. LaFrance, who was inside, was taken into custody without incident and booked as a fugitive in the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

He was then taken to St. Tammany and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on the arrest warrant.

Two taken into custody after Kenner chase

At 7:20 a.m. Sunday, Kenner police officers tried to stop a 2010 Acura TSX that had been stolen during a reported residential burglary Saturday in the 1300 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Metairie.

Officers located the stolen vehicle traveling west in the 600 block of West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner. When they tried to stop it, the driver led officers on a short chase into the University City subdivision. The vehicle stopped after it crashed into some shrubs in a yard in the 500 block of John Hopkins Drive in Kenner. Both the driver and a passenger fled the vehicle.

After a foot chase, the driver, identified as John Robertson, 17, of Kenner, and a 15-year-old juvenile were arrested. Robertson was booked on counts of illegal possession of stolen things, flight from an officer with a motor vehicle, having no driver’s license and hit-and-run driving. The juvenile was booked on possession of stolen things, battery upon an officer and resisting arrest.

Both remain in custody with no bail set.

The juvenile was transferred to the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Assessment Center.

Man arrested after refusing to stop

A Kenner man with a prior conviction for distribution of marijuana and presently on probation for second-offense marijuana was arrested Saturday after leading officers on a vehicle chase.

About 10:15 p.m., Kenner police officers tried to stop a 2009 Toyota Corolla driven by Dernell Nelson, 28, of Kenner, in the 2300 block of Rev. Richard Wilson Drive in Kenner after he was observed allegedly operating the vehicle in a reckless manner, crossing the roadway lines and speeding.

He refused to stop and led officers on a chase to the 400 block of Morey Drive, where he tried to run and became engaged in a physical struggle with officers. Once he was in custody, officers said, they found a loaded .45 caliber handgun. Because of his convictions and probation for felony possession of marijuana, he could not legally possess a firearm.

Nelson was booked on aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest by violence, having no driver’s license and felony carrying of weapons by a person convicted of certain felonies.