Carjacking suspect now charged with attempted murder of police officer

Daniel West (Source: Gonzales Police Department)
Daniel West (Source: Gonzales Police Department)

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A man accused of carjacking a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint and being shot by police is facing additional charges the day after getting released from the hospital and taken to jail.

Daniel West is now charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. He was previously charged with armed robbery, theft of motor vehicle and aggravated flight from an officer. Reportedly, he has also confessed to last week's armed robbery at New Orleans Daiquiri in Gonzales.

West was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The Gonzales Police Department reported it received a call around 8:30 p.m. Sunday about an armed robbery in progress at Domino's Pizza on Airline Highway. Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said West carjacked a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint, stealing his vehicle.

Police were able to find the vehicle, but the discovery turned into a high speed chase. Officers used spike strips to stop the vehicle, but said West got out of the car and ran. Officials added he ran through an apartment complex where another officer in a patrol car caught up to him.

According to investigators, West turned and pointed a gun at the officers and that is when the officers opened fire on him. They said the suspect was shot once. None of the officers suffered any major injuries.

West has a lengthy criminal history including felony theft and burglary charges in Jefferson, Lafayette, Terrebonne and LaFourche Parishes.

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