Police arrest 3rd suspect in connection with Sunday’s officer-involved shooting

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A 26-year-old man believed to have been involved in the shooting of an New Orleans police officer is in custody, police said.

James Wilson was arrested in Plaquemines Parish Monday morning.

Wilson and two other men are believed to have shot NOPD Officer Jonathan Smith multiple times Sunday morning outside a Po-Boy shop in the Marigny.

Sunday, Gretna police officers discovered the two suspects, 34-year-old Cornelius Barthelemy and a deceased man, nicknamed “Caeser” in a white Ford Expedition in the 900 block of Gretna Boulevard.

Barthelemy suffered for a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a local hospital. While being treated, police showed Barthelemy still photographs from surveillance video of the incident. Barthelemy confirmed he was one of the three men in the video along with the dead man found in the SUV.

Barthelemy has been booked with attempted first-degree murder.

Officer Smith is listed in stable condition. He suffered gunshot wounds to the back, thigh, and buttocks.

Smith was sitting outside Gene’s ‘Po Boys at the corner of Elysian Fields and Saint Claude Avenues around 1:40 a.m. when the suspects stopped their SUV, walked towards the him and open fired, police said.

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