New Orleans, LA (WWL). – A New Orleans Police officer was shot and killed by a suspect following a stop in New Orleans East around midnight Friday.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard just after midnight.
“Our officer has expired,” Superintendent Michael Harrison said. The name of the officer had not been released at this time at the request of the family. “This hurts. I can’t begin to tell you how much this hurts.”
Harrison said four officers made an observation that caused them to exit their police vehicles when a suspect opened fire, striking the officer several times. The injured officer collapsed at the scene.
Harrison said that one or two of the officers returned fire, possibly striking the suspect, who then ran into a nearby apartment. Several officers surrounded the apartment, while others rendered aid to the wounded officer and alerted EMS.
He was transported to University Medical Center where he expired, according to Harrison.
There is a large police presence at Cypress Parc Apartments near where the shooting happened. The NOPD, Louisiana State Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the scene.
“There was only one gunman,” said Harrison, who said that he did not know immediately if the suspect had a prior record. Harrison said the suspect was believed to be 30 years of age..
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu was on the scene and asked for prayers for the officer.
“These are the worst kinds of days for the city,” Landrieu said. “We want to keep (the family) in our thoughts and prayers. There were a lot of officers who knew this officer very well. The entire department is in trauma.”