New Orleans, LA – The suspect accused of shooting a New Orleans deputy constable and a local landlord while they were trying to serve eviction paperwork on him last week has since been charged with a 2021 armed robbery incident involving his own mother as the victim.
Jason Tillman, 23, had still not been charged as of Tuesday with any crimes related to the Oct. 5 shooting of 53-year-old First City Court for Orleans Parish Deputy Constable Warren Smith and the unnamed 36-year-old landlord, WWL reported.
But he has been charged in connection with allegedly robbing his mother at gunpoint during an incident at a gas station on Sept. 1, 2021.
According to court documents, Tillman had called his mother multiple times that day demanding that she give him money, WWL reported.
His mother said she told him that she was getting gas and that she would talk to him about the money afterwards, according to investigators.
Tillman, who was already on probation for a previous armed robbery and a felon in possession of a firearm conviction, allegedly drove to the gas station and pulled up next to his mother’s vehicle while she was waiting in line, WWL reported.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, he pointed a gun at her, reached into her car, and took her purse.
“Mr. Tillman stated that he was going to shoot your f—ing car up and shoot you,” the affidavit read, according to WWL. “The victim was standing outside of her vehicle pumping gas on the passenger side rear. Mr. Tillman opened the driver’s side door…and grabbed her purse.”
A warrant for the robbery involving Tillman’s mother was issued, but he was not immediately located, WWL reported.
Tillman has since been charged in that case and is also facing a probation violation in connection with his earlier robbery conviction.
The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Force Investigation Team’s investigation into last week’s attack on the deputy constable and landlord remains ongoing, WWL reported.
That incident occurred in the 7800-block of South Coronet Court at approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, WDSU reported.
Deputy Constable Smith and a fellow deputy constable had been serving eviction papers at multiple locations that morning, First City Court Constable Lambert Boissiere told reporters later in the day, according to The Times-Picayune.
Constable Boissiere said everything was moving along without problem, so Deputy Constable Smith’s partner moved on ahead of him to the next address.
“It was going so smoothly, he felt comfortable to go to the next one,” the constable said, according to The Times-Picayune. “We do hundreds of them and very seldom have a problem.”
But as Deputy Constable Smith and a 36-year-old landlord went to serve eviction paperwork on another tenant, they suddenly came under fire, WDSU reported.
“I heard a couple shots – boom! Boom!” a longtime resident told The Times-Picayune. “My neighbor called and said ‘Girl, they shot a police officer!’”
Deputy Constable Smith was shot in the arm during the attack, WDSU reported.
New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said the landlord was shot in the chest, according to The Times-Picayune.
Both men were rushed to University Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition at approximately 11:30 a.m., Chief Ferguson said.
Deputy Constable Smith retired from the NOPD prior to joining the constable’s office six years ago, WDSU reported.
Law enforcement officers flooded the area as they searched for the gunman, The Times-Picayune reported.
K-9 units, a SWAT team, New Orleans police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents, and members of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) joined in the manhunt as a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) helicopter searched from above.
The alleged gunman was located near North Lopez Street in Mid-City later in the afternoon and was taken into custody after a brief standoff, WDSU reported.