An armed man who allegedly attempted to rob a Louisiana taxi driver early on Monday morning was defeated.
A guy brandishing a weapon demanded money from an unnamed Metairie taxi driver before 1 a.m. on Monday, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to NOLA.com.
Less than 10 miles separate Metairie from New Orleans.
According to authorities, the cab driver shot the guy several times with his personal weapon. According to NOLA.com, the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Gerald Pope, was declared dead at the scene.
According to Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the cab driver is not indicted and the deadly shooting was deemed a justifiable murder.
“The driver was presented with a threat to his life,” Rivarde told NOLA.com.
The spokesman stated that Pope was probably responsible for two other cab driver robberies that occurred the week before his passing. The day before the shooting, at around 3 p.m., a cab driver and another cab driver were robbed, according to the authorities, and Pope fits their description of the suspect.
The sheriff’s office official stated that the three cab drivers that were targeted were employed by the same business.
According to information that is currently accessible, the nearby city of New Orleans experienced a startling rise in crime last year, with a rate of 70 homicides per 100,000 residents, a 20% increase in armed robberies compared to 2019’s pre-pandemic figures, and a 156% increase in carjackings compared to 2019.