Update: Police have identified the man shot and killed by a Jefferson Parish SWAT unit during a standoff Saturday as Isreal Flores, 38.

Flores' local address is unknown, but a relative told investigators he often stayed at his girlfriend's home at 1010 Severn Ave.

Flores was wanted on a number of attachments for being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as several drug related offenses.

Original story: A Jefferson Parish SWAT unit on Saturday shot and killed a man who holed up in a stranger’s house in Metairie just minutes after he shot and wounded a deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call about midday.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Deputy Nicholas Songy, 48, was at University Medical Center and was “alert and doing well” just after 1 p.m. He was released later in the day. 

Nicholas Songy

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy Nicholas Songy, 48

Authorities later identified the man killed in the upper level of a home in the 3500 block of 46th Street as Isreal Flores, 38, no known local address. A relative of Flores told investigators he often stayed at his girlfriend's home at 1010 Severn Ave.

Normand said the SWAT team, which stormed the second floor of the 46th Street house using exterior stairs, ordered the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, to lower his weapon and shot him when he refused.

The incident began when Songy arrived in the 1000 block of Severn Avenue to investigate a domestic disturbance call. After speaking with the woman who made the call, Songy, who was alone, went into the backyard, where he encountered an armed man, Normand said.

Songy and the man, later identified as Flores, exchanged gunfire — two shots from the man and at least two from Songy. Songy was shot in the leg, and Flores was hit as well.

JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said Flores fired first.

The Sheriff's Office said Flores was wanted on a number of attachments for being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as several drug-related offenses.

Responding officers evacuated residents and interviewed witnesses who said they saw the man flee the Severn Avenue scene. A police dog tracked the man, who was bleeding from his wound, to the 46th Avenue home, a few blocks away.

Normand said a man who owned that house was out front and called his wife, who was inside sleeping, and got her out safely. The injured man had gone up the back stairs and into the upper level of the home.

Kevin Couvillion, who lives across the street from that home, said he had just gotten a call from a neighbor, who told him an officer had been shot nearby and the man hadn’t been caught yet.


Jefferson Parish Sheriff Office SWAT leaves the scene after a suspect was killed at a home on 46th Street near N. Arnoult Rd in Metairie, La. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. A JPSO deputy responding to a domestic disturbance call at the 1000 block of Severn Ave. was allegedly shot by the suspect in the thigh and the deputy survived, the suspect then fled and was killed by JPSO SWAT after going into the home on 46th Street. 

Couvillion, his mother and his girlfriend immediately started checking their phones to find out what was going on. Couvillion went into the backyard to lock the gate, but not before making a quick joke that the man might be swimming around in the pool.

When he got back inside, his girlfriend stepped out the door to find a SWAT team member running down the street.

“He said, ‘Get your ass back in the house!' ” Couvillion recalled, sitting in his truck an hour after the incident. “Then we knew something was really on.”

Minutes later, Couvillion heard a barrage of shots fired from inside the 46th Avenue house, and the incident was over.

Residents later gathered on corners and stood in doorways watching the home and chatting with neighbors.

Couvillion, clad in a green Grinch shirt and fuzzy red-and-white Santa shorts, said the neighborhood is typically very quiet.

A woman who declined to give her name agreed.

"Nothing happens over here," she said. "You never see any police. We never have anything like that back here."


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