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St. Tammany Sheriff's Office to release new details in Sunday's deputy-involved shooting

8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago Monday, April 02 2018 Apr 2, 2018 April 02, 2018 4:21 AM April 02, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
Joseph Johnson, Jr.

UPDATE: Authorities have identified a vehicle burglary suspect killed during a shootout that also injured a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's officials told news outlets that 24-year-old Joseph Walden Johnson Jr. died Sunday following a brief chase.
  
Sheriff Randy Smith said Deputy Justin Nail is in stable condition after surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
The sheriff's office will hold  a press conference 2 p.m. Tuesday to announce more details. 
Check back for updates.

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ST. TAMMANY - A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputy is in surgery after he was shot early Sunday morning following a car chase that ended in the Goodbee area.

According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, shortly before 5:00 a.m., deputies attempted to make a vehicle stop on a subject who was believed to be involved in reported vehicle burglaries. The suspect fled in his vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Following a pursuit, the suspect crashed his vehicle into a ditch and gunfire was exchanged between the man and deputies. A deputy and the suspect were shot in the exchange.

Officials say the deputy is currently in surgery and the male suspect is dead.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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