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Posted: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 2:57PM

Kenner cop kills suspect as car crashes

Kenner Police say what started as a drug bust on Airline Drive ended with one suspect dead, another suspect injured and a cop hurt too. 

Police Chief Steve Caraway says officers approached a car with two men inside and tried to remove the suspects.  As one officer leaned into the car, the driver allegedly took off at a high rate of speed into the 1000 block of Clay Street.

"The officer was pulled into the vehicle," Caraway told WWL First News. "As the agent was trying to remove the keys, the driver was striking the agent."

The chief says that's when the officer felt his life was in danger.

"The driver was shot four times by the narcotics officer, and he was pronounced dead on the scene."

He says before the car crashed into several other vehicles.

"The passenger had a broken arm as a result of the crash," Caraway explained.

He says the officer was also hurt as a result of the collisions.

He's gonna be okay... He's got injuries to his neck, his upper torso, his legs... obviously being involved in a wreck at that high rate of speed.... He is going to be sore for a while, but he is going to be okay."

Caraway says the initial probe shows the officer was justified in shooting the driver.

"I do feel that the officer acted accordingly."

He says the investigation will be turned over the DA's office.

The officer is on administrative leave with pay and medical leave.

The policeman's name is not being released during the investigation.

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