A man accused of abducting a woman on the north shore surrendered to authorities late Tuesday night following a police pursuit that zigzagged more than 40 miles and an intense gun battle in which law enforcement unleashed more than 500 rounds.
The accused kidnapper, Christopher Garcie, was hit three times but largely avoided the barrage of bullets as he took cover on the floorboard of his overturned pickup, which he crashed in a ditch near the foot of the Huey P. Long Bridge in Avondale, authorities said.
Garcie, 41, opened fire on law enforcement at least four times, and he continued waving his 9 mm pistol outside the pickup even after the crash, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.
"It looked to us that he was videoing us on his cellphone as to what we were doing, as well as yelling vulgarities at us and making some demands of us during that period of time," Normand said.
Deputies deployed a robot to the site and used the device to monitor Garcie's movements on their iPads. The man dropped his weapon and surrendered after speaking with his mother, who came to the scene, and a team of negotiators that joined dozens of law enforcement officers.
In all, 21 Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and one state trooper fired at Garcie, using 28 weapons.
Normand told reporters that law enforcement had "every opportunity" to kill Garcie. "That's not what we wanted to do," he added. "We wanted to bring this to a successful conclusion by trying to talk him out of this particular situation."
But the sheriff said deputies also had difficulty hitting Garcie due to the deployment of his airbag and the angle at which his pickup came to rest in the ditch. "I suspect that is why the elimination of the threat was never successfully accomplished by us during this engagement," Normand said.
Garcie, a Kenner man with a lengthy criminal history, was booked on a host of counts, including attempted first-degree murder and aggravated flight.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
40 Mile Police Chase, 22 Cops, 500 Rounds Fired, 497 Missed, "We Didn't Want To Kill Him".....
It sounds like the plot to the Blues Brothers movie, I'm surprised they didn't shoot each other.