After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police have arrested a man believed to have fatally shot a New Orleans police officer while wearing handcuffs as he was being transported to jail.
Questions still linger about where the gun used to kill Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, came from and how the convict hid from a law enforcement search team that included canine, SWAT and helicopter teams.
Travis Boys, 33, was still wearing broken handcuffs when a rookie officer and his trainer saw him trying to board a city bus in New Orleans Sunday, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.
“To my understanding, he got on the bus after spotting the officers. And the officers saw that and then he got off the bus and then was apprehended,” Harrison told reporters while standing in front of a memorial to the city’s fallen police officers, the Washington Post reported.
Authorities took Boys to a hospital for treatment of dehydration, Harrison said.
Boys was charged with first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated escape and illegal possession of a firearm, as well as the aggravated battery charge for which he was arrested Friday night, Harrison said.
Harrison said authorities are investigating how the shooter obtained the weapon. The salin officer’s gun was in his holster and was not used.
Authorities recovered two weapons in the police vehicle – a .38-caliber revolver that had been used in an aggravated battery for which Boys had been arrested for and a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson that was used to shoot the officer, Harrison told the Associated Press.
Authorities allege that Boys is double-jointed and was able to pull his arms behind his back. Authorities believe Boys grabbed a gun and shot Holloway, sending the vehicle crashing into a pole. Boys is believed to have escaped through a hole between the front and back seats.