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New Orleans police officer killed in early morning shooting

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Courtesy of The Advocate /  Matthew Hinton Courtesy of The Advocate / Matthew Hinton

A New Orleans Police Officer is dead after an early morning shooting in New Orleans East, according to the Advocate.

Police Chief Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu said during a press conference that the suspect was allegedly wounded by one officer and was later arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment. He is described as a man in his 30's

The name of the officer was not released. 

The Advocate says that, according to Chief Harrison, four officers were on a routine patrol in the area of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard. At around 12:15 a.m. Friday morning, the officers came upon some suspicious activity and exited their vehicles. 

Harrison says that a man, upon seeing the officers, opened fire with a gun and struck one of the officers several times. At least one officer returned fire and struck the suspect.

The attacker fled into a nearby apartment where he surrendered and was taken to a hospital. Paramedics were called and aid was rendered to the officer. He was transported to University Medical Center where he later died, according to Chief Harrison.

Chief Harrison and Mayor Landrieu have met with the family of the slain officer at the hospital on Friday morning.

According to The Advocate, this is the fifth time a New Orleans police officer has been killed while serving in New Orleans in the last four years. 

Three of those officer deaths occurred in vehicle accidents or while responding to roadway incidents. One other officer, Officer Daryle Holloway, was fatally shot in June 2015 while transporting an inmate, The Advocate reports.

Read the original story here.

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