Officer shot in New Orleans East, NOPD says

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

A New Orleans police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in East New Orleans overnight, Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison said at a press conference early Friday morning.

It happened at an apartment complex in the 6800 block of Cindy Place, about a block off the I-10. The officers had made a decision to leave their vehicles to investigate a "suspicious situation".

The suspect was also shot and is at the hospital.

Paramedics took the officer to University Medical Center, and he died there, Harrison said.

The police officer's identity has not been released at the request of the family.

The suspect was detained after a standoff in a nearby apartment.

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Harrison said two officers might have fired on the gunman.

Stay with WDSU for updates on this investigation.

"Just routine patrol. Just doing his job, doing exactly what the citizens expect him to do", said Harrison, describing the officer's actions before the fatal encounter.

State Police and ATF were also on the scene early Friday morning. Eventually, the suspect surrendered peacefully and was transported to a local hospital.

The department has made grief counselors and chaplains available to officers mourning their coworker's death, Harrison said.

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

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