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Suspect Arrested by NOPD After Multi-Hour Standoff in Fifth District

by Sergeant Juan D Barnes Sr

February 22, 2023

Categories: On Duty

Topics: Fifth District, Good Police Work

Suspect Arrested by NOPD After Multi-Hour Standoff in Fifth District

The NOPD has arrested Yohahn Walker (DOB: 9-17-2001) after a multi-hour standoff that began in the morning hours on February 21, 2023, and stretched into the early morning hour today (February 22, 2023).

At around 10:30 a.m. on February 21, members of the NOPD’s Fifth District responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, located in the 1900 block of Allen Street. Upon arrival, officers learned that Walker had allegedly threaten to kill his family members. Walker was barricaded inside of the residence with two loaded firearms. Walker also had allegedly stated if police come for him, there will be a shoot-out. Walker had a history of battery on a police officer.

NOPD Special Operation Division officers were called to the scene and, around 1:09 p.m., a SWAT roll was declared.

Officers attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender with Walker for several hours but were met with negative results. Later, during the operation, SOD officers deployed tear gas in an effort to drive Walker from the residence. However, Walker responded by firing live rounds at the officers, who were inside an armored tactical vehicle. The vehicle was struck multiple times by the gunfire, but no officers were injured.

At about 12:05 a.m., on February 22, after some tactical maneuvers were executed, NOPD officers were able to secure Walker and take him into custody. No injuries were reported in this incident.

A search warrant was executed on the residence, where two rifles, handgun, ballistic vest and ammunition was recovered.                                                                             

Walker was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for criminal damage to property, aggravated assault, attempted second-degree murder of a police officer, and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.

“The NOPD wishes to thank our law enforcement partners with the FBI and Louisiana State Police, for their assistance in this operation, as well as our First Responder partner, New Orleans EMS,” NOPD Superintendent Michelle Woodfork said.”