An unidentified New Orleans police officer died early Friday morning after a shooting near an apartment complex, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
Several officers returned fire and the suspect was hit and brought to a hospital and arrested, authorities said.
"Our officer has expired", said police Superintendent Michael Harrison. She said officers went around knocking on doors and ushered residents out of the building.
As of 3 a.m., the Interstate 10 East Service Road remained blocked near Cindy Place, with at least a dozen NOPD and state police vehicles lining the service road near the intersection.
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Meanwhile, the attacker apparently hid in a nearby apartment before he surrendered and was taken to the hospital.
FOX 8 reports the suspect will be charged once he is released from the hospital. Harrison said the shooter is believed to be a 30-year-old man. The name of the fallen officer is not being released until the notification process for the whole family is complete, said Landrieu.
State Police and ATF were also on the scene early Friday morning.
The New Orleans Force Investigation Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting, according to department protocol, Harrison said.