On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at approximately 10:37pm, Gretna Police Officers while patrolling closed businesses at the 90 block of the Westbank Expressway observed a black male looking into the windows of a business, as well as, unoccupied parked vehicles at the location, which were owned by the business.
Upon the officers approaching the individual he fled on foot. As one officer followed the suspect giving chase, the suspect turned on the officer and opened fire, firing 17 rounds from a 9mm handgun with an extended clip. The officer returned fire, firing 3 rounds at the suspect but ceased fire as a vehicle appeared behind the suspect. The suspect dropped to the ground and was apprehended by the officers. Neither the officer nor the suspect were injured in the incident.
The suspect was identified as, Herman Franklin of 403 20th Street, Gretna, black male, DOB 05/02/1995.
Franklin was also found to be in possession of seven (7) grams of marijuana and was in possession of a Glock Model 17, 9mm handgun with an extended magazine. Franklin at the time said to the officers that he fled on foot when the officers approached because he knew he was armed and did not want to go to jail.
Franklin was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of schedule I controlled dangerous substance and resisting an officer.
Franklin has previous arrests for theft and possession of stolen property.
Arthur S. Lawson, Jr.
Chief of Police