New Orleans police officer shot and killed, suspect also shot

The scene near Cindy Place and I-10 Service Road early Friday

The scene near Cindy Place and I-10 Service Road early Friday

A New Orleans police officer was killed by a gunman on Friday morning in eastern New Orleans. The incident took place near an apartment complex about 12:14 a.m., when four officers who were on routine patrol were fired upon and one of the officers collapsed, he said.

The officer was taken by EMS to University Medical Center, where Harrison said doctors pronounced the officer dead.

As the police stepped out, Harrison said a man opened fire with a gun, striking one of the officers multiple times.

There is a large police presence at Cypress Parc Apartments near where the shooting happened.

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

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was also on the scene.

Police say both men were hit in the shootout.

When the officer got out of his auto, someone fired and hit him.

The slain officer's name wasn't immediately released to allow his relatives the opportunity to notify extended family about his killing.

A SWAT team responded and the suspect eventually surrendered.

"Our worst nightmares have come to be", Landrieu said.

"Our department is grieving, our city is grieving and this family is grieving", said Harrison.

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