Officer Daryle Holloway was the police officer killed in New Orleans today. Officer Holloway was transporting Travis Boys to central lockup when the murder took place. Boys was arrested for aggravated assault and he also had outstanding warrants.
According to police, Boys was handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car. Boys was able to get his arms into a position that allowed him to grab a gun that he would use to shoot Holloway. Officer Holloway then lost control of the car and crashed into a utility pole. Boys escaped the car through a hole in the cage that separates the back seat from the front seat in the police car.
The gun used in the attack was not the gun that Holloway was carrying. Police are still trying to figure out where the gun came from.
Officer Holloway was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
Travis Boys is still at large and a reward of $10,000 is being offered to anyone who has information that leads to his arrest.
At a news conference today, Chief Michael Harrison spoke about the incident and also about the type of man that Officer Holloway was.
"He was a very lively person, full of personality. You couldn't be around Daryle for three minutes without being his friend."A manhunt is underway for Travis Boys. Agencies involved in the search are Louisiana State Police, St. Tammany Parish deputies, U.S. Marshals Service, and Housing Authority of New Orleans police.
Last month, the Housing Authority of New Orleans police felt the pain of having a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Officer Holloway was a police officer since 1992. He leaves behind three children. Chief Harrison spoke with Holloway's ex-wife and two of his children at the hospital where Holloway died. "As a new chief, it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life," said Harrison. Harrison took over as chief last year.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke on behalf of the city of New Orleans today regarding the death of Holloway.
"Killing an officer in the line of duty is an attack on our community that will not stand. The heart and soul of New Orleans is heavy today as our community mourns one of our city's finest."[Image via New Orleans Police Department]