After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police Sunday arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a police officer while wearing handcuffs as he was being transported to jail.
But questions remain about where the gun he used to kill Officer Daryle Holloway, 45, came from and how he hid from a law-enforcement search that included canine, SWAT and helicopter teams.
Travis Boys, 33, was still wearing his broken handcuffs when a rookie officer and his trainer spotted him trying to board a city bus Sunday morning, said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison.
“To my understanding, he got on the bus after spotting the officers. And the officers saw that and then he got off the bus and then was apprehended,” Harrison told reporters, while standing in front of a memorial to the city’s fallen police officers.
Holloway, 45, had been a member of the New Orleans Police Department since 1992.
After the shooting Saturday his vehicle careened into an electric pole. Emergency medical personnel called to the scene transported him to the hospital where he later died.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who spoke to reporters Sunday along with Harrison, described the officer’s killing as a “despicable and cowardly act.”
“He was more than a great cop. He was a good man. He was a good father. Our hearts break for him and his children on Father’s Day,” he said.