Police officer killed in New Orleans East shootout

Police officer killed in New Orleans East shootout

A New Orleans police officer was killed by a gunman on Friday morning in eastern New Orleans. The officer who was struck was rushed to University Medical Center, where he died. No other officers were wounded.

NBC affiliate WDSU is reporting that a suspect shot at police officers who were on routine patrol.

"This hurts, I can't begin to tell you how much this hurts", Harrison added. At least one officer returned fire, striking the gunman. The identities of the officer and suspect have not been released.

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A woman identifying herself as a resident there said one building with about four apartments was evacuated as police appeared to be searching for a suspect.

The shooting happened just before 12:30 a.m. He said that's when a suspect fired shots, hitting the officer.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was also at this morning's media briefing and offered his condolences to the deceased officer's family as well as the Superintendent and the department. He was being treated at a local hospital early Friday.

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