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Law enforcement officer dies after being shot at New Orleans high school basketball game

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Posted at 8:05 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 21:55:12-05

A law enforcement officer died Friday night after being shot at a high school basketball game in New Orleans.

According to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson, the victim was a Tulane University police officer and a reserve officer with the 2nd City Court Constable.

The shooting took place around 6:15 p.m. at a game on the campus of George Washington Carver High School, WGNO reports. NOPD announced an hour later that the officer had died from his injuries.

Ferguson said the officer, whose identity is being withheld at this time, attempted to intervene when an individual who had a previous altercation with a staff member at the school attempted to enter the basketball game. The officer attempted to escort the individual out of the building, when Ferguson said the suspect pulled out a weapon and fired, striking the officer in his chest.

According to WGNO, the shooting took place in the foyer of the building, in an area where tickets were being accepted.

Paramedics worked on the injured officer while transporting him to UMC, according to radio communications. According to the same communications, a suspect was taken into custody.

Read more from WGNO here.

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