A multi-neighborhood manhunt that closed streets, locked down schools and had drones and helicopters circling the air Wednesday ended with the apprehension of a suspect police say shot a deputy constable and a property manager after they served him with eviction papers at a West Lake Forest apartment buildings.
Warren Smith, 53, a constable who formerly served in the New Orleans Police Department, was shot in the back of his left shoulder, and the 36-year-old property manager, who was not identified, was shot in the chest. Both men were at the hospital in stable condition, NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said at a press briefing outside University Medical Center at around 11:30 am Wednesday.
An eviction gone wrong
The ordeal began shortly before 10 am, when Smith, another deputy and the property manager were serving an eviction warrant issued Sept. 6 in the 7800 block of South Coronet Court. The tenant owed $2,180 and had not paid the $218 monthly rent since Sept. 2021, according to documents from First City Court.
Deputy constables are law enforcement officers with full arrest powers who enforce City Court mandates, including evictions, courthouse security and property seizures. Though they carry guns, Boissiere said his deputies are trained to call NOPD if there are signs of trouble and “not to use a weapon unless absolutely necessary.”
Because the process was initially uneventful, Smith’s fellow deputy had moved ahead to the next address shortly before Smith