New Orleans Police and Fire Briefs for Jan. 28, 2013

Motorcycle accident claims life of rider

A man was killed after he was thrown from his motorcycle on Elysian Fields Avenue on Sunday afternoon, a New Orleans police spokesman said.

After clipping a white sport utility vehicle parked on the shoulder of Elysian Fields, the rider lost control of the motorcycle, struck a tree and was thrown from the bike, police spokesman Frank B. Robertson III said in a news release.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members, Robertson said.

The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Stephen Girard Drive, Robertson said.

Officer shot in leg
on disturbance call

A handcuffed man being escorted by two police officers managed to grab a cop’s gun and shoot him in the leg, the New Orleans Police Department said Sunday.

Damon Jones, 41, was booked with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and aggravated battery on a police officer, a New Orleans Police Department news release says.

The unidentified officer was taken to a hospital and is in good condition, the release says.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 7000 block of Bullard Avenue when the two officers responded to a call of a man causing a disturbance inside Brother’s Food Mart.

The officers saw Jones, who fit the description of the person causing the disturbance, leaving the store, the release says.

But before the officers could approach Jones, he started walking toward them in a “non-compliant combative manner,” the release says.

The officers handcuffed Jones for their own safety because he became more agitated when the officers tried to interview him, the release says.

“As the officers attempted to place Jones into the police car, he continued resisting and at some point reached over and grabbed the officer’s firearm from his holster, pulling the trigger in the process,” the release says.

Police determined that Jones was the person causing the disturbance at the store, the release says.

The department’s Force Investigative Team and Homicide Division are investigating the incident.

Man killed, another injured at party

A man was shot to death and another was wounded by an unknown gunman when officers tried to investigate a block party in the Iberville Neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department said Sunday.

The shootings happened about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of Conti Street, police said in a news release.

Officers were on patrol when they saw a large crowd and heard loud music in what later was determined to be an illegal block party, the release says.

When the officers arrived at the party and got out of their car to investigate, someone in the crowd started shooting, the release says.

When the gunfire caused the crowd to disperse, officers saw two men lying in the street.

One man, 21, who was dead, had been shot in the head and body, the release says.

He was wearing an ankle monitoring device.

The other victim suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, and was taken into surgery, the release says.

Neither victim’s name was released.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 822-1111, or toll free at (877) 903-7867, the release says.

Person of interest sought in robbery

New Orleans police have identified a transgender man as a person of interest in a beating and robbery of another man who was walking near Bourbon Street early Tuesday.

Officers are looking for Maurice Charles, 31, in the incident, a New Orleans Police Department news release says.

Charles is described as black, 6-feet-1-inch, and about 165 pounds, the release says.

The victim left his hotel around 5:30 a.m. to take a walk around the French Quarter, the release says.

When the victim crossed over to Bourbon Street, he was approached by a stranger who turned out to be a transgender male, allegedly Charles, the release says.

The transgender male tried to strike up a conversation, but the victim realized the stranger was a pickpocket who was trying to steal valuables on his person, the release says.

As the two approached the intersection of Conti and Chartres streets, two other robbers proceeded to attack the victim, taking his wallet and money, the release says.

The victim suffered minor injuries, the release says.

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at (504) 658-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 822-1111, or toll free at (877) 903-7867.

Police: Cash, tequila stolen in robbery

New Orleans police said they are looking for a man accused of a Friday armed robbery of a convenience store in the 7000 block of Bullard Avenue.

The man entered the unidentified store at 10:48 a.m., pointed a handgun at the clerk and yelled, “I need the money,” the release says.

The clerk handed over $300 to $400 in cash and a bottle of Patron tequila, the release says.

The suspect walked out of the store and ran away, the release says.

The robbery was captured on the store’s video surveillance system, the release says.

The suspect is described as a black man with a dark complexion and a mustache and goatee, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, the release says.

The suspect had a white shirt partially covering his face.

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at (504) 658-4000 or Crime Stoppers at 822-1111.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau