A 22-year New Orleans Police Department veteran who was transporting a suspect in a police vehicle Saturday morning (June 20) was shot in the head and killed by the suspect who somehow managed to take the officer’s gun, Superintendent Michael Harrison said. The police vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection of Elysian Fields and North Claiborne avenues and the suspect fled the scene on foot, triggering a manhunt.

Officer Daryle Holloway, 46, died shortly after 9 a.m. after being rushed to a hospital. Holloway, who was assigned to the 5th Distrtict, was transporting a suspect that had been arrested during a previous shift on an aggravate assault charge. Harrison identified the suspect as Travis Boys, 33.

“This is an extremely sad day for the police department and a sad day for the city of New Orleans,” said Harrison, a personal friend of Holloway for 22 years.

Harrison said the suspect was handcuffed with his hands behind his back in the back seat of the police cruiser but somehow managed to get his hands from behind his back. He then made his way through a port opening in the caging that separates the front and back seats of the police vehicle and got Holloway’s gun.

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