GRETNA, La. – About a dozen officers fired at a teenager who's accused of shooting at patrol cars during a chase and hitting a sheriff's deputy with a stolen car, a suburban New Orleans sheriff's spokesman said.
Two Gretna police officers and about 10 Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies fired at Ray John Brown, 17, of New Orleans, Thursday night, Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Fortunato said Brown, who was wanted in New Orleans on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon, is black. He told The Associated Press he did not know the race of the deputies. Gretna police did not immediately respond to a telephone message.
Authorities told news outlets the officer is being treated for an injured leg and Brown for a bullet wound in the stomach. Their conditions Friday were not immediately available, but officials have said neither injury is life-threatening.
Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson said Brown's car hit his officer as it plowed through a barricade.
The chase started after officers spotted a Kia Optima that had been reported stolen Dec. 3, said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand. The driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase. During the pursuit, the fleeing driver fired gunshots at two patrol cars, Normand said.
The pursuit entered the city of Gretna, a few miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River, where officers set up a barricade. The car went through the roadblock and hit the Gretna officer, Lawson said.
Finally the car drove onto a sidewalk and into the front yard of a home. Brown ran but was found under a raised house.
John Saltzman, who was working in the attic of a nearby building when the gunfire broke out Thursday night, said he heard scores of shots.
"I stopped counting at 65 rounds," he told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/2hVMbQp). "I'm former law enforcement so I know what that sounds like."