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Family identifies suspect shot and killed by JPSO deputy after vehicle pursuit in Marrero

The family identified the suspect who was shot and killed by deputies as 35-year-old Modesto...
The family identified the suspect who was shot and killed by deputies as 35-year-old Modesto Reyes.(Family members)
Updated: May. 28, 2020 at 12:58 PM CDT
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MARRERO, La. (WVUE) - The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says a suspect was shot and killed following a pursuit Wednesday night in Marrero.

According to JPSO Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, deputies attempted to stop a red Dodge Ram near the intersection of Ames Boulevard and the Westbank Expressway around 10:20 p.m. The driver refused to stop and continued driving leading deputies on a brief vehicle pursuit.

The family identified the suspect as 35-year-old Modesto Reyes. They say that he is a welder and was working at the Hard Rock construction site when it collapsed.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting that occurred tonight in Marrero. At around 10:20 pm, Third District deputies attempted to stop a red Dodge Ram truck near the intersection of Ames Boulevard and the Westbank Expressway. The driver refused to stop, and led deputies on a short vehicle pursuit that ended at the intersection of Ames Boulevard and Salome Street. The suspect fled on foot, and deputies followed. The suspect ran eastbound on Salome, and turned south on Eiseman. In the 500 block of Eiseman, the suspect tripped and fell to the ground. As a deputy approached him to apply handcuffs, the suspect then turned and pointed a firearm at the deputy. The deputy fired multiple times at the suspect, who was struck by the gunfire. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect was in possession of two firearms, which were both recovered on scene. The suspect was also in possession of narcotics. The suspect’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. There is no additional information to be released at this time.

Posted by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The pursuit soon ended near the intersection of Ames Blvd. and Salome Street where the driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect ran eastbound on Salome St. and turned southbound on Eiseman Avenue. He later tripped and fell in the 500 block of Eiseman Ave. where deputies caught up to him.

Lopinto says as the deputy approached the suspect to handcuff him, the suspect turned around and aimed a gun at the deputy. The deputy fired multiple shots at the suspect striking him. The suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene.

According to investigators the suspect was found to be in possession of two firearms that were recovered at the scene. The suspect was also in possession of narcotics.

JPSO has not released the identity of the suspect pending notification of family.

The incident remains under investigation.

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