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La. police arrest man accused in shooting

Authorities in suburban New Orleans have arrested a man accused of firing shots at a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer this month.

Police in Kenner, La., executed an arrest warrant Monday charging Victor Manuel Vasquez, 26, with attempted murder and assault with a firearm upon a law enforcement officer.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers were traveling to Louisiana on Tuesday to begin the process of extraditing Vasquez back to North Carolina, Kenner police said.

Police in Charlotte received tips to 911 and their Violent Criminal Apprehension Team that Vasquez might be in Louisiana.

Authorities discovered that Vasquez has a friend who lives in Kenner, and Kenner police began observing the friend's home at Charlotte's request.

About 8:30 p.m. Monday, Kenner officers saw Vasquez leave his friend's house in a car. They pulled him over and arrested him without incident, said Kenner police Detective George Hoffman. The New Orleans offices of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement helped in the capture, Charlotte police said.

Charlotte authorities had been searching for Vasquez for nearly three weeks.

A little after midnight on Aug. 4, CMPD Officer Andy Riddle pulled over a vehicle wanted for fleeing a traffic stop. The vehicle fled this time, too, and the people in the car fired shots at Riddle. Detectives later identified Vasquez as the driver, police said. Riddle was unhurt.

Riddle fired back, and at least one round hit the car, a four-door Honda. The car was found shortly before 2 a.m. near exit 69 on Interstate 77 in South Carolina. Two men were seen fleeing on foot.

For a few days, authorities thought the men may have been involved in a double homicide in Kannapolis on Aug. 3; the suspect description was similar. But the cases are unrelated, police say.

Police are still searching for the passenger. Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.

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