JPSO: Drugs, guns found after deadly shootout
NEW ORLEANS - Sheriff's investigators in Jefferson Parish said they found guns and drugs in the vehicle of a man shot and killed during a firefight with deputies this week.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office held a press conference Wednesday where they laid out two handguns, extended ammunition clips, boxes of ammo and several packets of marijuana which deputies said came from Desmond Willis's vehicle.
Deputies said Willis fled from officers who tried to pull him over in Harvey Monday, crashing his vehicle and taking off on foot. The deputies said Willis fired at them as he ran, then dropped into a firing position and fired at them again in the parking lot of a fast food business. The officers returned fire, killing him.
Sheriff Newell Normand said a total of 65 shots were fired in the exchange, and that it was a "miracle" no deputies or civilians were hurt or killed.
Cell phone video shot by someone in the area and posted to social media recorded the barrage of gunfire from the shooting.
Willis was convicted of illegal gun possession and marijuana charges in 2013. WWL-TV reported the Marrero man was an aspiring rapper whose social media posts had expletive-filled rants about guns, drugs, and police.
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