Prisoner in cruiser kills officer, escapes
A handcuffed prisoner in a moving police cruiser somehow managed to grab a gun, fatally shoot the officer at the wheel and escape from the vehicle, which careened into a utility pole at a busy intersection in New Orleans, police said Saturday.
Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, died at a hospital, police chief Michael Harrison said. Meanwhile, an intense manhunt was on for Travis Boys, 33, the suspect who had been arrested on an aggravated assault charge and was being taken to jail when he escaped.
The New Orleans Crimestoppers organization announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to Boys’s arrest.
“He will be caught and he will be brought to justice for the murder of Officer Holloway and for this assault on our entire community,” Harrison said in a police department statement.
The shooting happened Saturday morning as the suspect was handcuffed in the back seat of the vehicle. The suspect got his hands from behind his back to the front and obtained a weapon, Harrison told reporters at the scene in a video interview posted on the department’s Facebook page. The suspect got to the front seat through an opening in the cage that separates front and back seats, then shot Holloway, Harrison said.
“Officer Holloway put up a fight to try to get the subject to not exit the vehicle but succumbed to his injuries,” Harrison said. Department spokesman Tyler Gamble said police were trying to determine what weapon the shooter used, but they do not believe it was the officer’s gun.
Harrison said Holloway was not the arresting officer but was transporting Boys to a jail when the shooting occurred.