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Posted: Sunday, 31 August 2014 8:55AM

Causeway chase ends with shots fired



Jefferson Parish authorities say a man suspected in more than a half dozen recent armed robberies was apprehended after a high speed chase across the Causeway Saturday night.

It ended with officers firing shots at the suspect's car near the north end of the span.

Sheriff Newell Normand said the incident began around 11 p.m. when a call was received about a robbery at the Circle K in the 300 block of Veterans Blvd. that was similar to those committed the night before.

Shortly thereafter, an officer spotted the suspect's Dodge Challenger near Veterans and Causeway. The officer tried to make a stop but the car pulled off at a high rate of speed onto the northbound Causeway.

A Causeway PD unit clocked the Challenger speeding in excess of 100 MPH on radar and joined in the pursuit.

Causeway Police laid out spike strips near the north end of the span. The suspect's car rolled over the spikes and came to a stop. Sheriff Normand says officers from the Causeway Police and Mandeville Police then approached the suspect with their weapons drawn.  

A sheriff's office spokesman said that the Challenger then accelerated toward the officers and several of them opened fire on the vehicle, which came to a stop after striking a Causeway police car.

The suspect, 26-year-old Ranell Joseph of Plaquemine, Louisiana, was not shot, but did sustain injuries in the crash and was taken to University Hospital.

Joseph will be charged with one count of robbery and additional charges may follow.

The Causeway was shut down in both directions for several hours during the investigation.

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People : Jefferson ParishNewell NormandRanell Joseph
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