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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 06:50 AM

Teen attempting to rob women shot, killed

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. in the 2600 block of Dreux Street.

According to police, three women had a flat tire and called a friend to assist. The friend arrived and began changing the tire and a short while later a vehicle, possibly a Chrysler, drove up. Two men were in the vehicle, police said.

That’s when an armed teen boy, identified as 17-year-old Jose Valerio, got out and pointed the gun at one of the women and demanded her money. However, the tables turned when the friend who was changing the tire stood up, identified himself as a police officer and drew his firearm. Police said an exchange of gunfire erupted and Valerio was shot multiple times to his body.

The other person in the Chrysler fled the scene in the vehicle, police said.

Valerio died at the hospital. No one else was injured.

Detectives recovered the Valerio's handgun from the scene and are in the process of determining the origin of the weapon.

The adult male and women were interviewed and released.

The man who shot and killed Valerio was identified as an off-duty campus police officer for SUNO.

"The gunshots were so loud it sounded like it was right in the backyard," said Shantay Johnson.

Johnson and her four year old daughter were startled from their sleep around 2AM Thursday.

"I grabbed her and we got on the floor until it was over," said Johnson.

"If it wasn't for the guns we wouldn't have no problems," said Warren Chambers, who lives in the area. "I've been in this neighborhood going on five years, and we don't have any problems, really. This is a close knit community. Everybody knows everybody."

Investigators said they are classifying the incident as “justifiable.”

"Lucky anyone was there really to help her. Just glad it was an officer and she didn't get hurt. It's a tragedy it had to happen like that. Best way in know to stay out of trouble is not to get in any," said Chambers.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro released a statement about the shooting, calling it a tragedy and that Valero shouldn't have been on the streets to begin with due to his criminal history.

"Any homicide on the streets of New Orleans, whether or not it is justified, is a tragedy. What makes this a horrific tragedy is that it could have easily been prevented but for the systemic failure of one component of our criminal justice system. Jose Valerio was given a woefully inadequate $50,000 bond for two counts of armed robbery. He continually violated the conditions of that bond by testing positive for narcotics for which there was no consequence. Finally, he committed a third robbery, but the court denied the motion by the District Attorney’s office to revoke his bond in the armed robbery case," Cannizzaro said. "When the report on the Valerio homicide is delivered to my office, we will review the case pursuant to our standard procedures. However, the real tragedy is that he should have never been out on the streets to be shot."

http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/nopd-investigating-thursday-morning-homicide/26224662#!UTRpV

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Thu Jun 5, 2014, 07:15 AM

1. Good riddance. It needs to happen a couple hundred more times.

Crime would plummet.

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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 07:31 AM

2. The revolving doors of our justice system at work

"Jose Valerio was given a woefully inadequate $50,000 bond for two counts of armed robbery. He continually violated the conditions of that bond by testing positive for narcotics for which there was no consequence. Finally, he committed a third robbery, but the court denied the motion by the District Attorney’s office to revoke his bond in the armed robbery case"

So why was he on the street?

Oh well, due to poor victim selection skills, someone who was on track to be a career criminal got killed committing a crime.

One has to wonder how much longer it would have been before he shot or murdered someone.

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Response to Bronxbomber (Original post)

Thu Jun 5, 2014, 07:49 AM

3. Excellent n/t

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