Louisiana Police have arrested the suspect accused of killing a police officer by ramming his vehicle during a pursuit. The arrest was made using the slain sergeant’s handcuffs.
Louisiana Police Killed in High-Speed Chase
Louisiana Police said the pursuit began when an officer with the Houma Police Department tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The suspect fled at a high rate of speed, prompting a police chase.
Fox News reported that at some point during the pursuit, the suspect stopped and officers attempted to negotiate with him. However, the suspect sped off and rammed into a Lafourche Parish deputy‘s unit stopped nearby, causing fatal injuries to Det. Sgt. Nicholas Pepper.
Louisiana Police said the crash that killed Pepper happened around 5 a.m. on April 2 in Thibodaux, west of New Orleans.
Louisiana Police Arrest Suspect
The suspect accused was identified by Louisiana Police and has been arrested using the slain sergeant’s handcuffs.
The suspect, Anthony Savoie, a 33-year-old from Bourg, is now charged with first-degree murder following the death of Det. Sgt. Nicholas Pepper of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 2.
According to Louisiana police authorities, Savoie was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe during the collision. He has also been charged with attempted first-degree murder of a Louisiana police officer, aggravated flight from an officer, and a warrant for failure to appear at the 32nd Judicial District Court.
His bail has been set at $5.6 million. He was restrained and brought to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and, after being booked, was brought to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.
Sheriff Craig Webre expressed his deep sorrow at the loss of Det. Sgt. Nicholas Pepper praised his service to the community. He said that Pepper embodied all that is honored and revered in a peace officer.
Louisiana police Pepper spent his entire career in the investigations division of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, joining its ranks in October 2007.