New Orleans Police Officer Found Shot Dead In His Cruiser

| by Lisa Fogarty
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A New Orleans police officer who worked for the Housing Authority was found shot dead in his marked patrol cruiser on May 24.

The 45-year-old officer, whose name has not been released, was found just after 7 a.m. when police responded to a radio call from the Housing Authority about an officer being shot, reports Yahoo News. The patrol car rolled for one or two blocks after the cop was shot, reports Fox News. 

"After the officer was shot, his marked unit rolled forward and came to a stop at the intersection," said New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry Flot, who also confirmed the incident is being investigated as a homicide. 

The victim, who had been working overtime to guard a public housing construction site, has been a member of the Housing Authority Police Department since 2013, reports ABC News. The police department didn't provide additional comment. 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a statement following the officer's death:

"The death of this HANO police officer is an unspeakable tragedy, and a vile and cowardly act. Tragedies that involve our men and women in uniform affect our entire city and touch every member of our law enforcement community. We are deeply saddended by this loss, and our hearts and prayers are with the officer's friends, family and the entire HANO family during this very difficult time.

"NOPD and HANO will work very closely to identify and arrest those responsible for this heinous assault. NOPD and HANO are part of the same close-knit law enforcement family that puts their lives on the line to protect and serve the people of New Orleans. Never are we more aware of the risk they face every day than we are on terrible days like this."

The fatal shooting of this officer follows on the heels of the murder of New York City Police Officer Brian Moore, a 25-year-old who was reportedly shot in the face by suspect Demetrius Blackwell in early May while on duty, reports the New York Post.  

Sources: Yahoo News, Fox NewsABC News, New York Post

Photo Credit: AP via ABC News