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Shooting suspect captured in Mid-City after dramatic police presence, school shutdowns

New Orleans police officers along with the FBI, State Police and U.S. Marshals  descended on Mid-City on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 5) to capture a man accused in a shooting in New Orleans East hours earlier.

The suspect was captured in the 3200 block of Iberville Street, Mike Perlstein reported at about 4:20 p.m. on Twitter.

The man, who was in the backyard of a Mid-City home, is suspected of wounding a deputy constable and property manager who were serving an eviction notice.

Police on Thursday (Oct. 6) identified the suspect as Jason Tillman, 24. Tillman remained jailed on one count of violating probation. His bond had not been set, and no other charges had been filed.

Tillman pleaded guilty to theft and firearms charges in a 2021 plea bargain, Sheriff’s Office records show. He was given credit for time served and sentenced to three years probation and ordered to enter a GED program and to obtain employment.

About an hour after the shooting on Wednesday, an anonymous tip led police to Mid-City, NOLA.com reported.

As a result, two helicopters hovered over Mid-City for most of the afternoon and Canal Street was closed to traffic from Dupre Street to Carrollton Avenue.

Warren Easton Charter High School and Morris Jeff Community School on Lopez Street went into lockdown while Tillman was at-large.

Editor’s note: This report was updated Oct. 6 after the suspect’s name was released.¬†

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