New Orleans area police and fire briefs for Jan. 15, 2013

Man shoots at police then kills himself

A foot pursuit in Algiers on Monday afternoon ended with a man killing himself in a vacant apartment building, according to police.

The incident began around 11 a.m. Officer Frank Robertson said police saw the man walking in the 3000 block of Sandra Drive with a weapon in his hands and tried to detain him. The man ran but fired several shots, either at police, or in the air, while fleeing the area, Robertson said. Officers did not return fire, he said.

Officers called for backup and established a perimeter around the scene. At some point, they heard a single gunshot and later found the man dead with a gunshot wound to the face in an abandoned apartment building, Robertson said. No additional information, including the man’s identity, was immediately released.

Police seek to query man about homicide

Police are looking for the public’s help in locating a “person of interest” in the fatal beating death of a 27-year-old woman found on Sunday.

Police say Henry “Hank” Dolliole, 39, could possibly have information about the death of Lauren Tanski, who was found dead from blunt force trauma in a home in the 2000 block of Urquhart Street on Sunday. Investigators stressed that Dolliole is not currently a suspect in the killing but just someone they want to speak to who knew the victim. Dolliole is an African-American male, 5 feet 7 inches tall who weighs about 165 pounds.

Truck driver held in motorcyclist’s death

A Columbia, La., truck driver remains in custody after being booked with vehicular homicide and making an illegal left turn in an accident that killed a motorcyclist Saturday.

Terry Dunn, 60, made a U-turn from the right lane in his 18-wheeler on St. Bernard Highway and killed Maxime Daboval, 64, according to Steve Cannizaro, a spokesman for the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office. Daboval struck the side of the truck’s cab near Coffee Drive. Cannizaro said that Dunn admitted that he never saw the motorcyclist when he made the U-turn.

Teenager accused of pulling gun on sister

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy Sunday after his sister told police the teenager choked her and pulled a gun on her after an argument.

Leonard George was arrested near his home in the 4400 block of Jeanne Marie Place and booked with attempted first-degree murder, simple battery and aggravated assault in connection with that incident. George also was booked with simple burglary after police say he used a ladder to break into his girlfriend’s home and remove two tote bags.

In the choking incident, Magistrate Court records show that George crept up behind his sister while she stood in the bathroom. George’s brother heard his sister’s yells, and came and fought the suspect.

He came back later, pulled a gun on his sister and told her he should kill her. He then fled the home before being arrested later by police.

Two workers booked
on drug charges

Two employees at a West Bank Walmart were arrested Saturday after customers claimed they were cooking heroin in a store bathroom.

Madelin Groehagen, 27, and Fallyn Garofalo were arrested by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy as they tried leave the store. Groehagen was booked with possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin possession, cocaine possession and resisting a police officer. Garofalo was booked with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to an arrest report, two customers went into a bathroom and smelled a foul odor and saw syringes, a burnt spoon and lighter.

They reported it to a deputy on duty, who tried to stop Garofalo and Groehagen near the front of the store. The deputy said that Groehagen tossed a Crown Royal bag carrying several items used by heroin users. One of the women later admitted to being an addict, the report said.

Man shot twice on South Cortez Street

A local man survived gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach Sunday night, but remains in serious condition.

The shooting was reported in the 500 block of South Cortez Street, according to police. The 25-year-old victim said that two men shot him around 3:30 p.m. The victim was in stable condition and no suspects were announced.

Three men shoot, wound man Sunday

Police are searching for three suspects who opened fire on an unidentified man Sunday afternoon.

Police were called out to the 600 block of South Pierce Street after a 24-year-old man reported that he’d been shot in the side.

He told officers that three masked men jumped out of a car and opened fire on him. The victim was in stable condition.

Second shooting reported in Gentilly

Police are investigating their second shooting in less than a week on one Gentilly street.

Police reported that a 22-year-old man was shot in the thigh Sunday night at about 10:08 p.m. near the Clematis and Wisteria street intersection. Police investigated a shooting on Clematis Street late last week.

The victim in Sunday’s shooting was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Man accused
of domestic abuse

METAIRIE — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Metairie man after investigators say he beat his girlfriend, fled the home and then climbed though a window to beat her again.

According to an arrest report, Cristian Mendez, 24, was found hiding in a kitchen pantry by deputies after they responded to a report of domestic abuse in the 2200 block of Manson Street.

The report said Mendez also fought with police at the scene.

Man pushes other vehicles into traffic

A New Sarpy man was arrested by Kenner police Saturday after they say he pushed two other vehicles into oncoming traffic by crashing into them at a red light.

Alan Leitz, 51, was booked with driving while intoxicated, vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and institutional vandalism.

According to an arrest report, Leitz caused another vehicle to be struck by oncoming traffic after he rear-ended it at a traffic signal.

Police found evidence that Leitz was highly intoxicated, and he never used his brakes prior to accident.

The vandalism was related to a report that Leitz removed a floor drain cover in a jail cell and threw it.

Fire destroys home near Covington

An early morning fire destroyed a vacant home on La. 437 near Covington on Monday morning.

The fire was reported by a passerby around 1:40 a.m. St. Tammany Fire Protection District 12 handled the blaze, which destroyed the home. The building was for sale at the time of the fire.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau