Monday, May 25, 2015

New Orleans Cop Shot Dead Inside His Patrol Car Near Superdome
45-year-old was pulling over after striking a curb in marked patrol car
Police were called to the scene at 7am, he was dead with shot wounds
The officer has not been named as his family is informed of his death

It is the first fatality since the housing authority security team became a police force in April 2012. Mayor Landrieu called it a 'vile, cowardly act'

20:43 EST, 24 May 2015

A New Orleans housing authority police officer was found shot to death as he sat inside a patrol car near a construction site, officials said on Sunday, in a fresh reminder of the dangers of working in law enforcement in the United States.

Police responded just after 7am to a radio call from the Housing Authority of New Orleans reporting a patrolman had been shot, police said in a statement.

The officer, 45, was on patrol near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, and was believed to have been shot while inside his marked patrol car, which had come to a stop after striking a curb, police said.

'After the officer was shot, his marked unit rolled forward and came to a stop at the intersection,' New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry Flot said, adding that the department was 'investigating the murder.'

The officer, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, had been a member of the Housing Authority department since 2013.

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