JPSO shooting Metairie

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto answers questions after a deputy shot and killed a male suspect at an apartment complex in the 3300 block of West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. 

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed a man wanted in connection with a shooting in New Orleans after law enforcement encountered the suspect at a Metairie apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. 

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto did not identify the man killed but said his deputy "utilized the proper force." 

The shooting occurred outside of an apartment complex in the 3300 block of West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie (map), Lopinto said. New Orleans police had issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in an undisclosed shooting, Lopinto said. 

Sheriff's Office deputies had previously encountered the suspect in other cases, according to Lopinto, and knew he had relatives who lived at the West Esplanade apartments. They checked the parking lot and found a vehicle that had been identified by the New Orleans Police Department in a wanted bulletin. 

As deputies set up to watch the vehicle and wait for someone to approach, the man exited an apartment and entered the car, Lopinto said. Deputies attempted to block in the vehicle, but the man backed it into a fence and prepared to move forward. 

"My deputies ended up firing shots into the windshield ... killing him on scene," Lopinto said. 

No one else was injured.

A large law enforcement presence remained in place Tuesday evening in and around the apartment complex. 

Two of the deputies involved in the confrontation were wearing body-worn cameras, according to the Sheriff's Office. 

The unnamed man is the third person shot and killed by a Sheriff's Office deputy this year. 

Kevin Veal, 26, of Harvey, was shot multiple times Feb. 25 during a chaotic confrontation with deputies inside a Brother's Food Mart in Terrytown. It was recorded by body cameras and the store's surveillance video.

Veal put a deputy in a headlock and briefly held a gun to the deputy's head before fleeing into the store's bathroom, according to authorities. He fired at least round, prompting the deputies to return fire, the Sheriff's Office said.

Joseph Riviere III, 50, was fatally shot on April 22 in the driveway of his Metairie home. Deputies were waiting there to question him about an earlier incident, the department said. 

Riviere was accused of arriving home, stepping out of his vehicle and pointing a gun at deputies. At least one officer opened fire, killing Riviere.