CHALMETTE, La. — A St. Bernard Parish deputy is recovering from being stabbed in the head with a railroad spike.
Police say he was attacked during a traffic stop at the intersection of St. Bernard Highway and Gallo Drive.
“We know that one officer was initially in contact with the suspect, he called for backup, a couple more officers showed up on scene and that initial officer was injured and transported to an area hospital,” said Louisiana State Police Trooper Evan Harrell.
Harrell said that the officer shot and killed the suspect during that altercation. The officer was later released from St. Bernard Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators say they don’t know why the suspect attacked the officer, but for residents nearby, the incident is shocking.
“You don’t hear about stuff like this in Chalmette,” said Michelle Murphy, manager of a nearby trailer park.
“I can’t believe it. I live right there and I have to keep double locks on my doors because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said resident Michael Young.
Because the shooting involved an officer, Louisiana State Police were brought in to run the investigation starting from the beginning.
“Anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, it is also better to have an outside agency come in and do the actual investigation,” said Harrell.