Devon Martes, 17

Metairie, Louisiana
July 27, 2016

Agencies: Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Last updated: about 6 years ago


17 year old Devon Martes was killed in a newspaper warehouse after pointing a gun at police officers.

Deputy David Dalton fired six shots at Martes as authorities say the teen pointed a 9mm pistol at the officer inside The Times-Picayune warehouse, 4013 N. Interstate 10 Service Road, Metairie. The warehouse is owned by Advance Central Services-Southeast, a sister company of NOLA Media Group, which operates and publishes The Times-Picayune newspaper.

The Sheriff's Office received an 11:46 p.m. 911 call reporting two people who were "rolling shiny objects down the street" near Ford Street and Cleary Avenue, Col. John Fortunato said. The pair was seen jumping a fence near a car dealership's new vehicle storage lot.

Another caller spotted them running toward the I-10 Service Road. Deputies who began searching the area spotted person later identified as Martes running towards the back of the newspaper warehouse. 

Dalton followed the teen into the warehouse and opened fire after spotting the teen's weapon, according to authorities. Investigators said Mates was holding a 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number. 

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