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NOPD officer killed in the line of duty

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NOPD Officer Marcus McNeil NOPD Officer Marcus McNeil

A New Orleans Police officer has been killed in the line of duty. 

Officer Marcus McNeil died early this morning in a shooting, NOPD said. 

The incident happened in the 6800 block of Cindy Place. The suspect in the case also was shot, and is being treated at a New Orleans hospital. He is under arrest in the hospital, police said. 

Our media partners at the Advocate identify the suspect as Darren Bridges, 30. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said Bridges is a convicted felon. Bridges faces a charge of first-degree murder.

To read the Advocate's story about his criminal background, click here

McNeil, 29, was a three-year veteran of the department and served as a Police Officer I assigned to the Seventh District, where he had worked since July of 2015. He is survived by a wife and two children, ages 5 and 2.

This incident is being investigated by the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team as an officer-involved shooting. All officer-involved shooting protocols were initiated. The federal consent decree monitor and the Independent Police Monitor were duly notified. The internal investigation into this incident is underway. Pursuant to department policy, no further information on this incident will be released at this time.

The NOPD is mourning a fallen officer. The public is asked to be respectful of this grief, police said.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau at 504-658-6800.

In an update at 2:00 p.m. Friday, New Orleans Police say they are continuing to look at an gather all the evidence in this case. 

New Orleans Police are in the process in bringing together information on the incident, witnesses, video and other evidence. 

Officials say they have already met with the FBI and have already begun looking at video. The video gathered comes from body cam, taser video and vehicle footage that captured the incident. Other videos from surrounding areas is being requested so that an investigation can continue. Officials will continue to update as new information, in this case, becomes available. 

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says that while the department grieves, they are still a strong organization. "We are one of the most professional and competent police departments in America", Harrison says. At this time the other officers involved have not been interviewed however a safety statement has been made to determine that the other officers were not injured.

The department says that the investigation will be transparent and throughout working with all departments necessary to close this case.  Harrison says that he is proud of his officers in everything they do. Noting that officers run to violence or incidents like this to stop situations and keep the public safe. 

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