Preliminary autopsy report released in undercover drug bust that left 2 suspects dead and a JPSO detective injured
Jefferson Parish – An undercover drug bust Wednesday night at the IHOP in Terrytown ended with 1 injured JPSO detective and 2 dead suspects.
According to JP Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, the deputy-involved shooting happened around 10:20 p.m.
The detectives received a tip that a drug deal was taking place inside of a vehicle sitting in the restaurant’s parking lot.
When detectives arrived on scene, they attempted to block in the vehicle.
In an attempt to escape detectives, the suspected driver put his vehicle in reverse and accelerated.
One of the detectives were struck by the vehicle.
Fellow detectives on scene responded by opening fire at the driver, striking both the driver and a male passenger.
The driver, 38-year-old Chris Joseph, died of his injuries on scene.
The passenger, 39-year-old Daviri Robertson, was transported to University Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
According to the preliminary autopsy report, completed by Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Joesph was shot 5 times, and Robertson was hit once.
Lopinto says that during the exchange, one of the detectives that was standing on the passenger side of the vehicle was struck by gunfire.
He was transported to University Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
At last check he is in stable condition.
The detective that was hit by the suspect’s vehicle did not go to the hospital.
The investigation is ongoing this morning.
We will continue to bring you updates as soon as they become available.