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An investigation has been opened after state police troopers in New Orleans chased two men accused of refusing to stop for multiple traffic violations Monday, leading to a crash and a gunshot wound in the leg for one suspect, authorities said.

Troopers were on patrol with the assistance of local and federal partners when they attempted to stop a 2017 Chevrolet Corvette for multiple traffic violations near Elysian Fields Avenue and North Robertson Street, State Police said. The two men in the car, Christopher Mitchell, 33, and Eric Abdul, 24, refused to stop and eventually crashed into a fire hydrant at Annette and North Johnson streets, the police statement said. Then they sought to flee on foot, but were caught by police.

"The preliminary investigation reveals that Mitchell sustained what investigators believe to be an unintentional gunshot wound to the leg inflicted by a handgun in his possession," the statement said.

Mitchell was given immediate medical care and then transported to a hospital, the statement said. Abdul was taken into custody. Police said charges are pending for both as they seek to identify who was driving.

The statement did not say which traffic violations the men allegedly committed.

An investigation has been opened into the incident by state police detectives and the force investigations unit. Anyone with potential information related to the case can report it anonymously through the Louisiana State Police online reporting system, by visiting File a Report or calling the LSP Fusion Center Hotline at 1-800-434-8007.

Troop NOLA is the dedicated State Police troop that Gov. Jeff Landry pledged this year would tackle crime in New Orleans.

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