Police arrest suspect sought in killing New Orleans officer – USA TODAY
NEW ORLEANS â A man suspected of killing a police officer who was transporting him to jail in New Orleans on Saturday has been arrested, the New Orleans Police Department said Sunday.
Daryle Holloway, 45, a 22-year veteran of the department, had been driving Travis Boys, 33, who had been arrested hours earlier on suspicion of aggravated assault.
Police said Boys, who was handcuffed in the back seat en route from the 5th District police station to the Orleans Parish Prison, somehow had two weapons with him â a .38-caliber gun and a .48-caliber gun. Despite previous reports that he shot Holloway with the officer’s own gun, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said Boys shot Holloway with the .48-caliber gun.
It’s not clear whether Holloway died from the gunshot wound, because he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. An autopsy is pending.
Boys underwent questioning and was allegedly removed of his firearms at the 5th District Police station, Harrison said.
Boys used the .38-caliber gun in the assault he was originally arrested for, Harrison said. Harrison said how Boys had these two weapons in the police vehicle is still under investigation.
“We realized that’s an obvious issue, so there are safety concerns and procedural concerns between training and internal investigations,” Harrison said Sunday. “We’re going to find out how that happened to ensure that will absolutely never happen again.”
Boys has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated escape and illegal possession of firearms. Boys was originally arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault of a woman.
Boys was arrested in New Orleans after a more than 24-hour manhunt for his arrest. A New Orleans Police officer spotted Boys as he was attempting to board an RTA bus. He was found with broken handcuffs on his wrists.
The search for Boys â conducted on land and in the air â included participation from agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service, New Orleans State Police and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu decried the incident as a “despicable, cowardly act.”
“This is a terrible, unspeakable tragedy for the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said Sunday. “I think people would agree that we lost a hero, and it’s going to take time for us to recover. He was more than just a good cop; he was a good man, a good father.”
Harrison described Holloway as a “very experienced” officer known for his dedication to the job and fun-loving personality.
“He was a very lively person full of personality. You couldn’t be around Daryle for three minutes without becoming his friend,” Harrison said Saturday. “I personally know he was brave and courageous and served the city well every day of his career.”
Harrison notified Holloway’s family and fellow officers of the death a short time after the officer died. Holloway was the father of three children.
“As a new chief it was the absolute hardest thing I had to do,” Harrison said. “You never get used to that.”
New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the force, was killed by a suspect who had been handcuffed in the back seat of his patrol car.