Sheriff: Deputy fired at suspects as car sped towards him

Chris Miller
September 13, 2018 - 3:34 pm

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says Wednesday afternoon's officer-involved shooting in the Eden Isles area remains under investigation, and a 16-year-old faces attempted first degree murder charges.

"St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives were canvassing the area attempting to develop leads and further information following several recent vehicle burglaries and auto thefts that have occurred in and around the subdivision, when they observed a Dodge Charger driving suspiciously on Moonraker Drive," according to the sheriff's department's news release. 

"Detectives ran the vehicle’s license plate and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of New Orleans. They then attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle; however, the vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued."

Officials say several units were damaged in the pursuit.

"As deputies attempted to stop the Dodge Charger, the suspect vehicle accelerated towards a deputy who had exited his vehicle. At this time, the deputy fired his service weapon in the direction of the vehicle, striking a passenger," according to the sheriff's office.

That passenger, 17-year-old Kendrick Neveaux of New Orleans, was taken to a local hospital. The driver, a 16-year-old from Marrero, and a 15-year-old from New Orleans were taken into custody and later arrested.

All face charges of felony possession of stolen property, simple marijuana possession, possession of a stolen firearm, and conspiracy to commit theft of a motor vehicle. The 16-year-old faces an attempted first degree murder charge and Neveaux was also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

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