NEW ORLEANS – Officials say deputies fatally shot a man after an altercation and a car chase that ended near Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans.
The shooting happened about 8 p.m. Monday, eight blocks away the busy Mardi Gras parades.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says the incident began at Oakwood Mall in Jefferson Parish after three people reported that a man brandished a gun toward them.
Normand says a deputy approached the man, there was an altercation, and the man fled in a car.
Normand says the man crossed the Mississippi River into New Orleans, where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole.
Normand says the man put his car in reverse and deputies opened fire.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman was taken to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.