16-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder for Shooting at Police Officer

According to recent reports, 16-year-old Harvey boy accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy on Sunday amid a traffic stop has been booked with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the teen has also been booked with possession of a firearm by a juvenile, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen license plate. The department refused to reveal the identity the teen because of his age.

According to arrest reports, the alleged shooter’s passenger, Derek Lightell, 18, was also arrested and booked with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen license plate, marijuana distribution and being a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

The injured deputy, a sergeant, suffered a gunshot wound to his right leg, authorities said. He was still hospitalized on Monday but is expected to recover.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of a Brother’s Food Mart, 3441 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, around 2:30 a.m., Boyd said. The sergeant noticed a stolen vehicle in the parking lot and started a traffic stop.

The 16-year-old got out of the vehicle, put up his hands and began walking back towards a fuel pump, Boyd said. As soon as the teen got to one of the concrete barricades near the pump, he pulled out a gun and shot at the sergeant.

The sergeant returned fire but did not hit the teen, who ran off. Responding deputies arrived and quickly took the 16-year-old and Lightell into custody.

The 16-year-old was being held at Rivarde Juvenile Detention Center in Harvey. No information was available on Monday about whether he will be charged as an adult.

Lightell was being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna. Bond was set at $20,600 on the charges related to the traffic stop, but he was being held without bond on the fugitive charge.

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