Police believe 33-year-old Travis Boys had a New Orleans officer killed while attempting to escape. New Orleans cop Daryle Holloway was transporting Boys to a jail when it is believed that Boys shot the officer, which caused the police cruiser to swerve off the road and crash into a utility pole. Holloway was sent to a hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison was asked how Boys was able to have the New Orleans officer killed since the man was handcuffed with his hands behind his back. Harrison believes it is possible that Boy is double-jointed.
“That prisoner somehow was able to get his hands from behind his back where he was handcuffed, where he was then handcuffed from the front. Apparently he is double jointed and able to do that in the back of the car,” Harrison explained. “Officer Holloway put up a fight to try to get the subject to not exit the vehicle but succumbed to his injuries.”
The shooting itself is also mystery since Travis Boys also managed to get through the barrier inside the police cruiser which separated him from officer Daryle Holloway. Boys then produced a gun and so far authorities have not revealed where it came from, although NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble says they do not believe it was the officer’s gun. Investigators have recovered two guns from the vehicle, including a.38-caliber revolver and a.40-caliber Smith and Wesson, and Holloway’s gun was found in its holster.
According to WWL, a witness named Milton Smith says he heard three gunshots before the police car crashed.
“When I looked over the gate I seen the power line falling, so I ran to the front to see what was going on, and I seen the cop cruiser ran into the pole and knocked the poll down.”
After the escape, a 24-hour manhunt was launched, but Boys managed to elude law enforcement helicopters and police K-9s. At one point, Boys was discovered driving a pickup truck, but he managed to escape on foot after a brief police car chase. According to the Associated Press, the fugitive was only arrested after a a rookie officer and his trainer spotted Boys’ broken handcuff as he was trying to board a bus.
With the arrest of Travis Boys, police departments across the country have expressed condolences for the New Orleans officer killed in the line of duty.
“Daryle was an outstanding police officer, human being and friend. My heart aches for his family and this loss will be felt by the entire community,” said Cedric Richmond, according to NOLA. “This tragedy should remind us that every day when our law enforcement officers suit up to protect us, they are putting their lives on the line. Daryle died in the line of duty and will always be remembered as the hero he was.”