Investigators look over a New Orleans Police department vehicle in which one officer was shot and killed while transporting a prisoner in New Orleans, La. on June 20, 2015.
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Manhunt for New Orleans prisoner who killed officer, escaped

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New Orleans authorities are on the hunt for a prisoner who killed a veteran officer Saturday morning while being transported and then escaped, police said.

A major search was underway for the prisoner, 33-year-old Travis Boys, the New Orleans Police Department said on its Facebook page. Police say Boys fatally shot 45-year-old Officer Daryle Holloway, a veteran of the department for 22 years.

33-year-old Travis Boys is wanted for the fatal shooting of New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway. New Orleans Police Dept.

Few other details were immediately made available, but NBC affiliate WDSU reported Boys got hold of a gun and shot Holloway around 9 a.m. (10 a.m. ET). Boys pleaded guilty to an attempted criminal escape charge in 2004, WDSU said.

The New Orleans Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment from NBC News

This article originally appeared on NBC News.com.

 

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Manhunt for New Orleans prisoner who killed officer, escaped

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