New Orleans officer fatally ambushed

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison told NOLA.com that the fatal shooting took place at approximately 12:15 a.m. Authorities are waiting to notify next of kin before the officer's identity is released.

New Orleans Police say 29-year-old Officer Marcus McNeil was shot and killed when he and three other officers on routine patrol got out of their vehicle to investigate something suspicious shortly after midnight. "They were exiting the vehicle and upon exiting the vehicle what we have learned is that this perpetrator fired at our officer, striking our officer".

Police said, "The suspect in this incident sustained gunshot wounds and was transported for treatment to an area hospital, where he was placed under arrest". At least one of McNeil's partners - possibly two - returned fire, wounding the gunman who ran away. The shooter ultimately surrendered to a SWAT team and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

From left, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison talks to the media, as Mayor Mitch Landrieu and 7th District Commander Lawrence Dupree, right, listen outside University Medical Center, early Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 in New Orleans, La.

When the victim got out of his auto, the perpetrator, identified as 30-year-old Darren Bridges, fired on him. No other officers were wounded.

Read the original story here. The police department's negotiation team was also called to the apartment and negotiations with the accused gunman eventually led to a peaceful surrender, he said.

The Advocate reported that a person sitting on the front porch of Darren Bridges' family home said, "All we know is he's been shot, and we don't know if he's dead or alive". There were a lot of officers who knew this officer very well.

"I need EMS on a code three to Tara Lane!" one officer shouted into his radio, requesting an ambulance with the highest priority.

Vanessa Coleman

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