NEW ORLEANS EAST (WGNO) - One suspect is dead and two more suspects involved in an armed robbery at a Dollar General in New Orleans East are in custody.
The NOPD responded to an armed robbery in progress at Dollar General, 10600 Chef Hwy around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday night. After a brief shootout with police, one suspect was injured. He died on the scene. A weapon was found near his body. Two other suspects fled.
As many as 100 officers, K-9 officers, and the New Orleans SWAT team searched for the suspects near Chef Menteur Highway and Read Blvd., New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Wednesday.
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The second suspect was found by police near the scene overnight.
The third suspect was turned in by his mother Wednesday morning, Landrieu added.
A bag containing $2,000 was also recovered near the scene.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been identified as officer Clifford Thompson and officer Joshua Carthon.
Thompson is a 7-year veteran of the NOPD and Carthon is a 6-year veteran of the NOPD, according to police. They are both on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of the investigation -- which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.
They were both most recently assigned to the NOPD 7th District.