Eighth District and First District officers worked together seamlessly today to chase down a gunman and his brother in connection with a shooting that happened in the Central Business District. Officers had both men in custody less than five minutes after one of them opened fire, wounding a man in his stomach.
Detectives say 24-year-old Terry Carter and his brother, 22-year-old Terrance Carter, were conducting what appeared to be a drug deal with an unidentified man at around 3:30pm in the 100-block of South Rampart Street. At one point, investigators say Terry Carter pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the man once in the abdomen.
Eighth District Officer Jeremy Simoneaux was in the immediate area and made it to the scene just in time to see both of the suspects fleeing on foot. He quickly broadcast a description of the suspects on his radio, and applied pressure to the victim’s wound until EMS arrived.
Moments later, First District Officers Brian Frank and Bryan Bissell got to the location and saw the Carters as they continued to sprint from the area. The officers nabbed both men and took them into custody.
Meantime, detectives like Officer Mike Flores, who remained on the scene, conducted several interviews and were able to conclude that Terry Carter was in fact the shooter in the incident, and that his brother, Terrance, was his accomplice. Terry Carter was booked with one count of Relative to Aggravated Battery. Terrance Carter was booked with Relative to Principle to Aggravated Battery. The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition tonight.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “I can sum up the efforts of Officers Simoneaux, Frank and Bissell today with one word: heroic. While Officer Simoneaux was doing what he could to keep a man alive, Officers Frank and Bissell chased after a gunman- who was so brazen- that he shot a man in broad daylight on a busy street.”
“This event could not have been handled better. This was law enforcement at its best. I want to thank all of the officers who assisted in getting these suspects apprehended, positively identified and booked. Your selfless work has made New Orleans a safer city tonight,” Serpas said.
Terry Carter previously has been arrested for Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm inside of an ABO, Obstruction of a Health Officer, Intimidation, Crack Possession and Simple Battery. He was on Parole for Second Degree Battery from 1/14/13 to 9/3/13. Carter also had an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.
Terrance Carter has been previously arrested for Simple Robbery, Possession of Marijuana and Disturbing the Peace. He was also currently wanted for theft.
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Contact: Remi Braden