VIDEO: Gunman Opens Fire On New Orleans Cops Before Being Destroyed In Gunfight

Donald Davis became enraged after his key broke off in his apartment door, his family said.

New Orleans, LA – Security and bodycam footage captured the moment that an enraged gunman opened fire on New Orleans police officers outside an apartment complex (video below).

The footage also showed some of the events leading up to the May 17 shootout.

The fatal encounter began at the Laguna Creek Apartments’ front office, when 40-year-old Donald Davis stormed in armed with a .45-caliber handgun, The Times-Picayune reported.

One of Davis’ relatives later explained that Davis became upset after his key broke off in the door to his apartment.

“He was in a rage [for] about an hour,” Davis’ cousin, Broderika Parker, told The Times-Picayune.

Parker also said that Davis, who was not married, was yelling about his wife and “talking out of his head.”

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) initially received a report that an armed subject had threatened someone inside the complex office, but the urgency of law enforcement’s response was downgraded after someone called back to report that Davis had left.

Security footage showed Davis as he walked out of the building with the gun gripped in his hand.

Police arrived at the office approximately 54 minutes later, and were getting back into their patrol cars to head to Davis’ apartment when they spotted him walking towards them, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said.

The irate suspect began yelling and pointed his weapon at the officers, who scrambled back out of their patrol vehicles to confront the advancing gunman, the video showed.

“Shoot me!” he yelled at them. “I dare you!”

The officers sought cover behind a black pickup as Davis opened fire. The bullet appeared to strike the vehicle the officers were using for cover.

Police returned fire, and Davis tried to flee before he ultimately fell to the ground with the gun still in his hand, bodycam footage showed.

“He didn’t give us a chance to say any words and trust us – we wish that he had,” Superintendent Ferguson told The Times-Picayune. “This didn’t have to turn out this way but, again, we were left with no other options.”

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers involved in the gunfight were not injured.

Investigators determined Davis fired one round during the altercation, and that the three officers at the scene fired a total of 31 times.

Superintendent Ferguson said that he met with Davis’ family, who told him that Davis had struggled with mental health issues his whole life.

Superintendent Ferguson said that the officers responded appropriately when Davis opened fire on them, and that they will likely return to regular duties by Friday.

“In this case, while a life was unfortunately lost, we are confident our officers acted within departmental policies, and while difficult, they did what they had to do,” he said.

Davis previously served two probation terms for a multitude of charges, including attempting to disarm a police officer, illegally carrying a weapon, and possession of marijuana.

You can watch security and bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Davis in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content:

Comments (40)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Davis was pronounced dead at the scene"

His temper and his inability to control it were what helped to kill him and points to his own emotional immaturity. All because of a broken key and how foolish and how needless. Its terrible for Davis' family and thank God the officers are Ok.

JBo
JBo

“Shoot me!”

(Sigh) Again, wish granted. Next?

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

One less psycho asshole.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This story really shows how the US needs more rigorous gun control law and enforcement.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

In order to break a key off in a lock you have to be pretty deliberate about it. Not sure if ghetto lottery winnings will apply here.

Hannibal
Hannibal

How can you take that long to clear a jam? Unless you seriously neglect your firearm. Which is exactly what that was all about. Take your weapon to a gun smith before you end up dead in the next situation like that.

Suds18
Suds18

Tap, rack, bang my guy !

Kevcali
Kevcali

Good thing the third officer wasn't the only one under fire. He'd be hurt or dead. Then the others, how many blades of grass did they hit? Damn, 20-30 ft in front of the guy the turf is flying from bullets

Sandi2
Sandi2

Guns by themselves have never hurt anyone. It is the people behind the guns. Criminals who never purchase a gun the legal way. Criminals who steal guns and buy guns off the street. Gun Control will do nothing to stop the violence. Do you honestly think that the criminals will get their guns the legal way?? If you do please contact me. I have the Brooklyn Bridge for sale and you are the perfect buyer.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If this took place in California these officers would be facing jail time for not trying to "deescalate" the confrontation using verbal judo. Thankfully it took place in a state not run by idiots.

America1st
America1st

Poor ford truck! Took two bullets for that guy.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Definition of a super angry black man.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Well, that escalated quickly.....all because of Davis. Nicely done officers.

alicefae
alicefae

Well, another dumbass gone!

Mic911
Mic911

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) initially received a report that an armed subject had threatened someone inside the complex office, but the urgency of law enforcement’s response was downgraded after someone called back to report that Davis had left........YOU NEVER, EVER DOWNGRADE A WEAPONS CALL UNTIL AN OFFICER IS ON THE SCENE TO CONFIRM!!

The.King.Pin
The.King.Pin

Looks like Somebody needs to learn how to clear a malfunction

RoxC
RoxC

True gun control produces tight groups.

Zeddicus
Zeddicus

And ladies and gentlemen Mr. Donald Davis is today's winner of the room temperature challenge!

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Excellent shooting from that distance with a handgun.