OPSO deputy on security detail shoots alleged gunman in Gert Town; NOPD investigating
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy working an off-duty security detail shot an alleged gunman in the Gert Town area Sunday afternoon (May 8), according to witnesses and New Orleans police.
Authorities on Monday identified the wounded man as 56-year-old Robert Ruffin. Police have not disclosed his condition, but said a warrant has been issued for his arrest once he is discharged from a hospital.
The deputy was working as hired security outside a restaurant in the 7900 block of Earhart Boulevard when she saw two men arguing across the street, according to a business owner who described the event to Fox 8 on condition of anonymity.
The man later identified as Ruffin brandished a gun, and fired a shot at the other man as both ran across the busy four-lane boulevard near Fern Street. After the gunman’s first shot missed, the deputy fired her service weapon and dropped the armed man in the middle of the street. The NOPD said the other man was not injured.
“She had to get involved when that man started shooting,” the business owner said.
The NOPD said it dispatched its Public Integrity Bureau’s Force Investigation Team to examine the shooting. Even though the incident occurred around noon and prompted a partial closure of Earhart Boulevard for more than an hour, the NOPD did not notify the public of the deputy-involved shooting until 2:55 p.m.
Timothy David Ray, spokesman for new Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson, said that the OPSO’s Investigative Services Bureau is working cooperatively with the NOPD investigators.
“No additional information is currently available, but we will keep the public informed with any new developments,” Ray said in his statement.
Court records show Ruffin has a lengthy criminal record in Orleans Parish, with nine arrests and eight convictions on narcotics and weapons violations stretching back to 1988. He most recently received a two-year suspended sentence for cocaine distribution in 2017.
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