Pris­oner in cruiser kills of­fi­cer, es­capes

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

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.

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