45-year-old Daryle Holloway, a police officer from New Orleans, died after he was fatally shot by the suspect he was carrying to jail. The suspect whom the officer was driving was the 32-year-old Travis Boys. Holloway was taking him to the Orleans Parish Prison after the suspect was arrested for outstanding warrants and aggravated battery.
The prisoner managed to grab a gun although he was handcuffed. He shot the officer and escaped from the vehicle. According to the police chief, Michael Harrison, Holloway died at the hospital. As for the suspect the police has organized an intense manhunt. The New Orleans Crimestoppers organization promised a $10,000 reward for any information which can help arrest Boys. Harrison said that the killer will be caught and brought to justice for his deed, which represents an assault on their entire community.
The suspect was in the back seat of the police cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back. Boys managed to move his hands to the front and get them on a gun. Tyler Gamble, a spokesman for the department, said that investigators are trying to discover what gun Boys used and how he managed to obtain it. The police does not believe that it was the officer’s weapon.
After having obtained the gun the prisoner opened the cage which separated the back and the front seats of the police car and shot the police officer. Afterwards the vehicle crashed into a utility pole and the suspect fled. It seems that the suspect might have hopped into a black pickup truck afterwards. According to officer Harrison Holloway put up a fight and tried to prevent Boys from getting out of the car, but he did not succeed because of his injuries.
When emergency medical teams arrived at the scene Holloway was found in the front seat, dead of a gunshot wound. The police officer had three children. He had been a cop for 22 years. Harrison said that he was the one who informed his family about his death. He confessed that it was the hardest thing he had ever done in his life and promised that body will pay for killing their “brother”.
The Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, commented on the incident:
“Killing an officer in the line of duty is an attack on our community that will not stand. The heart and soul of New Orleans is heavy today as our community mourns one of our city’s finest.”
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