Suspect jumps from Westbank Expressway following a gunfight with police


UPDATE: According to the Gretna Police Department, the alleged suspect in the incident is 29-year-old Glendale Allen of New Orleans.

According to officers, Allen was driving a four-door black Kia at the time of the incident.

He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to be treated for the injuries he suffered from the fall.

As of 11 p.m., Friday Allen is in stable condition.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office is investigating the shooting portion of the incident.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

GRETNA, La. (WGNO) — The Gretna Police Department says a traffic stop turned into a chase that led to a gunfight and a suspect jumping from the elevated Westbank Expressway.

It started at about 7:30 p.m. on November 5, when an officer noticed a car with multiple traffic violations, according to Deputy Chief Jason DiMarco. Police say the suspect’s car sped away with the officer’s police cruiser following — lights and siren operating.

At that point, police say the car headed onto the Westbank Expressway where it ran into the back of another car, causing significant damage to both vehicles.

Gretna police say their officer followed to the crash scene and attempted to approach the suspect on foot when the man began firing at the officer who returned fire. Nobody was hit by any of the bullets.

The suspect began running from the officer and jumped from the elevated expressway. Other officers were waiting below and grabbed the man when he landed. Police say he was taken to University Medical Center and was stable and alert at last word.

As of deadline Friday evening, police did not release the suspect’s name or have a final list of pending charges but expected it would be several.

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