New Orleans cop dies in line of duty, mayor says

New Orleans cop dies in line of duty, mayor says

An NOPD officer was shot and killed by a suspect following a stop in New Orleans East around midnight Friday.

The officers returned fire and the suspect, who was struck, fled to an apartment, Harrison said.

The officer's name hasn't been released.

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Chief Michael Harrison says the officer was one of four patrolling the area. "I can't begin to tell you how much this hurts", he said.

"These are the worst kind of days for the city", the mayor said. The officer who was hit was taken to University Medical Center, where he died, he said. Harrison didn't describe where that apartment was, but a large number of law enforcement officers gathered near the Cypress Parc Apartments in the 6800 block of Cindy Drive in the wake of the shooting. The officer collapsed at the scene, while the perpetrator ran to a nearby apartment complex. She said officers went around knocking on doors and ushered residents out of the building.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the shooting occurred at about 12:14 a.m. Eventually, the suspect surrendered peacefully and was transported to a local hospital.

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