Bourbon Street shootout suspect refuses extradition from Harrison County

rfitzgerald@sunherald.comJuly 7, 2014 

GULFPORT -- A man held at the Harrison County jail has refused to sign extradition papers involving charges from a deadly gunfight on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, authorities said.

Trung Tran "Joe" Le, 20, is accused of firing the first shot in a gunfight June 29 that killed a bystander and wounded nine others in New Orleans' French Quarter.

Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy Maj. Ron Pullen said Le was presented with paperwork Monday morning at an initial court appearance but declined to agree to extradition.

"He refused to sign," Pullen said. "We've contacted New Orleans and told them they will need to start the request for a governor's warrant."

A governor's warrant overrides an inmate's refusal to be taken to another jurisdiction to face criminal charges.

Le, of Belle Chasse, La., is wanted by New Orleans police on a charge of first-degree murder and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Le is held with no bond at the Harrison County jail.

The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in New Orleans received information that Le was at a home in the 11900 block of Ol Oaks Drive, said Randy Brouillette, supervisory inspector for the U.S. Marshals Service in Gulfport.

"They went up to the house and he was out front, and they immediately recognized him and arrested him without incident," Brouillette said.

New Orleans police have said most of those wounded in the shooting were from Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Australia.

Brittany Thomas, 21, from Hammond, La., died Wednesday, three days after the shooting.

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