METAIRIE, La. (WGNO) — A deputy-involved shooting in Metairie early Friday, Oct. 13 left a man hospitalized, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Surveillance video from a Metairie convenience store shows multiple deputies responding to the intersection of West Esplanade Avenue and Division Street at 1:20 a.m.
Investigators say a deputy attempted to approach 33-year-old Jonnel Horn, who was walking in the area and who they described as suspicious, but he ran away.
After a brief chase, Horn allegedly pulled out a gun, triggering the deputy to shoot him in a lower limb.
“Oh, it is no good,” Tailor’s Cleaners owner Chi Kim said.
Kim, who has owned and operated Tailor’s Cleaners on West Esplanade Avenue for decades, learned of the shooting hours later.
He says shootings are unusual for the area.
“Everybody says that over here is safe,” Kim explained. “And then something happens over here, it is strange.”
Just across the canal, the news came as a shock to neighbors as well.
“We have lived here for the last 21 years, and we felt safe,” said Abraham Gedalia, who lives nearby. “What you’re telling me, it’s a surprise to me.”
Horn was taken to the hospital and later released.
He was then booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a warrant for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Additional charges are pending.
No deputies were injured, but this incident is giving neighbors pause.
“If this is true, it’s really a shame, Gedalia said. “We want to continue to live here safely.”
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