This afternoon, New Orleans Police arrested two suspects less than an hour after the men committed a murder in Algiers.
Officers apprehended 19-year-old Lionel Lee and 21-year-old Christopher Covington after they fatally shot a 24-year-old man in the 2900 block of Preston Place. The victim was found lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Fourth District Detectives were conducting surveillance in the area for illegal drug activity when they heard gunshots and observed a vehicle speed off. Believing the perpetrators were inside the vehicle, the detectives immediately broadcasted the car’s description over the radio as they rendered aid to the victim.
Mission 2 officers assigned to the Fourth District relocated to the area and attempted to intercept the vehicle, but the vehicle continued to flee. There was a short pursuit to Herschel Street and Halsey Avenue where the suspects stopped the car and fled on foot. After a search of the area, officers were able to locate and apprehend Lionel Lee in the 2200 block of Cobblestone Lane and Christopher Covington at Wall Boulevard and Westbend Parkway.
Police have located and seized several guns that are believed to have been tossed out the car’s window by the suspects as they were being pursued.
Detectives are in the process of identifying and locating a third suspect.
Christopher Covington has 4 misdemeanor arrests involving charges of Illegal Carrying of a Weapon, Resisting an Officer, Disturbing the Peace, Criminal Trespassing and warrants.
“We had a good number of officers in the Fourth District today- because of ‘Mission Two’. This initiative, which we implemented last year, puts additional officers in neighborhoods on weekends that have become recent hot spots for violent crime”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
“Today’s speedy apprehension of these suspects is a direct result of ‘Mission Two’, as well as focused officers who knew exactly what to do and wasted no time getting to it. This was a tremendous job.”
Also today in the Fourth District, Officers Wesley Humbles and Tagie Gournee pulled a driver over at around 2:30pm near the intersection of Woodland Drive and MacArthur Boulevard for running a stop sign.
When the vehicle stopped, one of two passengers, whose identity is still being verified, jumped out and took off on foot. Officer Humbles ran after him and soon observed him pointing a gun at him. The officer then pulled his gun and fired one shot, missing the gunman, so the gunman continued to run. The suspect was, however, later apprehended by a K-9 unit in the 100-block of Neil Street. He was then treated for a dog bite. Officers searched the area and soon located a loaded .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun. It was clear the gun had jammed, as one bullet was lodged in it. A check of the weapon’s serial number revealed it had been stolen. The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old Glen Evans, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. The second passenger was interviewed and released.
“This was an incredibly dangerous situation where these officers’ lives were on the line, and- despite the suspect revealing that he had a gun- our officers were not deterred”, said Superintendent Serpas.
“Because of their quick thinking and our Canine Unit’s fast arrival on the scene, this gunman is off the streets tonight”.
Officer Hilal Williams