Suspect shot, killed after stealing Louisiana police car, heading to Texas
Published 10:43 pm Friday, May 8, 2020
An unmarked police vehicle stolen in Louisiana was used in two attempted armed robberies in Texas that ended with the suspect being shot and killed by a man he tried to rob, authorities said.
Opelousas police in Louisiana were carrying out a narcotics investigation at a motel Tuesday morning when someone stole a patrol vehicle from the parking lot, news outlets reported.
Opelousas police spokesman Maj. Mark Guidry said an officer left the car running after he exited the vehicle quickly. A rifle, the officer’s body armor, badge and other equipment were in the vehicle, police said.
Police in Port Arthur, Texas, located the vehicle Tuesday evening.
Port Arthur Police Chief Timothy Duriso said Leon Jones III, 25, of Opelousas, was shot and killed by a man he tried to rob. The man and his wife were fishing for crab when Jones threatened them with a rifle. The man retrieved his own gun and exchanged fire with Jones, killing him.
Jones had also tried to steal a vehicle at gunpoint from a man and a woman nearby, but they were able to drive away, Duriso said.
Police were reviewing surveillance video from the motel in Louisiana to confirm whether Jones was the person who stole the patrol car, The Acadiana Advocate reported. It’s unclear why the vehicle was taken to Texas.
“We can’t find any foot pattern,” Duriso said. “It’s puzzling to us how he ended up in Port Arthur, Texas, over two hours away. We haven’t found any (personal ties to the area) at this time.”
The man who shot Jones wasn’t injured, police said. It’s unclear whether charges would be filed.