Deputy injured in St. Bernard Parish car chase

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:00pm

St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a man who was shot at once but not hit by a deputy Thursday morning when the supect grabbed a gun from his waist band as oficers confronted him over injuring a deputy in a car crash and running away on foot, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

The suspect, identified as Torraino Johnson, 28, was being confronted over an incident in which he fled in a vehicle from an attempted traffic stop about 8:30 a.m., then crashed into a sheriff's patrol car, injuring a deputy who was driving to intercept the fleeing motorist. After the crash, on Paris Road at East Liberaux Street, the suspect ran north on foot along East Liberaux a short distance until confronted by several deputies, Sheriff Pohlmann said.

The suspect pulled a gun from his waist band and was shot at once by a deputy but he wasn't hit, instead the bullet struck the sheetmetal fence of a junkyard at Paris Road and East Liberaux, the sheriff said. That gun was reported stolen in New Orleans, the sheriff said.

Johnson, who is from New Orleans but had been living with a woman who has an address of 9105 Amour St., Chalmette, is on probation after serving time in federal prison for weapons and drug charges, officials said.

"He has a lengthy criminal history,'' Sheriff Pohlmann said. "These are the kind of people we have to deal with sometimes. I spoke to him (Johnson) and one of the things he said was he had been shot once previously. He also said he never expected to live to be 28 being involved in the business of weapons and drugs that he has been in.''

"I'm just glad our deputy wasn't badly injured.''

Several witnesses saw Johnson throw the handgun he grabbed from his waistband over the sheetmetal fence after he was shot at, then he surrendered, Sheriff Pohlmann said. That gun was recovered inside the junkyard.

Johnson was treated at the scene for minor injuries received in the car crash, was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans to be examined, then was brought to St. Bernard Parish Prison.

The injured deputy, whose name hasn't been released, was treated for minor injuries at Tulane Medical Center and the car he drove had extensive damage fom the crash, the sheriff said after visiting the deputy at the hospital.

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