New Orleans police officer shot, killed in line of duty


New Orleans police officer shot, killed in line of duty

A suspect shot and killed an NOPD officer in East New Orleans around midnight Friday.

Harrison said four officers saw something happen at the scene while on routine patrol and got out and tried to make a stop when a suspect opened fire, striking the officer several times. The officer who was struck was rushed to University Medical Center, where he died.

Meanwhile, the attacker apparently hid in a nearby apartment before he surrendered and was taken to the hospital.

The New Orleans police commissioner says the officer was on patrol at Tower Lane and Lake Forest Blvd with three other officers when they spotted something suspicious. Harrison says the officer's identity is not being revealed at this time.

When the officer got out of his vehicle, someone fired and hit him.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was also at this morning's media briefing and offered his condolences to the deceased officer's family as well as the Superintendent and the department.

Harrison said two officers might have fired on the gunman.

Landrieu added, "These are the worst kind of days for the city".