Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of New Orleans policeman

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 21, 2015 1:49 PM

By Suzannah Gonzales and Carey Gillam

(Reuters) - New Orleans police said on Sunday they had arrested the man suspected of shooting dead a city police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier.

Police said Travis Boys, 33, who was handcuffed, managed to grab a gun and fatally shoot Officer Daryle Holloway before escaping the police cruiser which crashed into a utility pole.

Holloway, 45, a 22-year New Orleans police veteran and a father of three, was found in his department vehicle with a gunshot wound and his prisoner missing.

When the suspect was taken into custody a day later, he still had handcuffs on him, though they were damaged, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters.

Police said an investigation was underway to determine exactly how the incident unfolded.

"We lost a hero and it is going to take time for us to recover. Our hearts break for him and his children on Father's Day," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a news conference on Sunday after the arrest.

Holloway's death was another reminder of the dangers facing law enforcement officers in the line of duty. The issue came to the fore in recent months with the fatal shooting of three New York City police officers in two separate incidents.

Boys, who was facing charges of aggravated battery, was being transported to the Orleans Parish Prison when the shooting occurred.

The suspect had his hands shackled behind his back, Harrison said in an earlier news conference. He was apparently double-jointed in his shoulders and apparently was able to get his arms to the front of his body.

How Boys obtained a gun and other details of the incident were unclear. The officer's service weapon was not used in the shooting and was still in its holster, Harrison said.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Missouri; Editing by Frank McGurty and Rosalind Russell)