*UPDATE* Driver Arrested in Pursuit and Shooting Incident in New Orleans

Published: 06-13-2024 | Category: Troop NOLA

New Orleans – Troopers have continued to investigate the shooting incident that occurred on Monday evening. Through investigative means, Troopers determined that 33-year-old Christopher Mitchell was operating the stolen Chevrolet Corvette at the time of the pursuit. Upon his release from the hospital on 6/13/2024, Mitchell was arrested for Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Illegal use of Dangerous Weapon, Resisting an Officer, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and other traffic related charges and booked into the Orleans Parish lockup. Additionally, on the day of the incident, Abdul was arrested for Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Resisting an Officer, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with intent to distribute Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a weapon in the presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and booked into the Orleans Parish lockup. This incident remains under investigation.

Original Release 6/10/2024 – Earlier today, Troop NOLA Troopers (with the assistance of local and federal law enforcement partners) were conducting proactive patrols and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette for multiple traffic violations near Elysian Fields Ave. & North Robertson St. The occupants of the Corvette, 33-year-old Christopher Mitchell and 24-year-old Eric Abdul, refused to stop and fled from Troopers through several city streets before crashing into a fire hydrant at Annette St. & North Johnson St. Both subjects fled on foot, but were later located by law enforcement canvassing the area.

The preliminary investigation reveals that Mitchell sustained what investigators believe to be an unintentional gunshot wound to the leg inflicted by a handgun in his possession. Troopers and assisting agencies provided immediate medical care to Mitchell. He was later transported to a local hospital for treatment. Abdul was located and taken into custody without further incident. Charges are pending for both subjects as investigators work to identify which was the driver of the vehicle.

Detectives from the Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division – New Orleans Field Office and the Force Investigation Unit are investigating this ongoing incident. Anyone with potential information related to this case is urged to share that information with LSP Detectives. Information can be reported anonymously through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system by visiting File a Report or calling the LSP Fusion Center Hotline at 1-800-434-8007

Contact Information
TFC Zavier Martin
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section – Troop NOLA
Office: (504) 471-2775
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