New Orleans cop dies in line of duty, mayor says

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

A New Orleans police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in East New Orleans overnight, Superintendent of Police Michael Harrison said at a press conference early Friday morning. The officer who was struck was rushed to University Medical Center, where he died.

Harrison said four officers made an observation that caused them to exit the police vehicle when a suspect opened fire, striking the officer several times. Authorities say only one officer was injured and transported to UMC where he later died.

As of 4 a.m., the officer had not been identified.

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Following the shooting, the 30-year-old suspect ran into a nearby apartment building.

The shooter peacefully surrendered after negotiations, Harrison said.

"This hurts, I can't begin to tell you how much this hurts", Harrison said.

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The officer's name has not been released. "It has to be serious".

New Orleans Police, Louisiana State Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had investigators at the scene.

Stay with NOLA.com as more information becomes available on this breaking story.

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