A Louisiana State Police trooper was wounded Sunday in New Orleans during what one witness called “a rolling gun battle” with at least two suspects. Local media reported that one suspect was killed in the exchange.
New Orleans Police said the trooper was shot in the arm in the city’s 7th Ward during what a department spokeswoman called an “officer involved shooting,” The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told reporters that the incident began when state police stopped a car that they believed was stolen. Three occupants got out and one of them began shooting at the officers, he said during a press briefing posted to the department’s Facebook page,
Witnesses said police and the suspects exchanged more than 20 shots.
Witness Albert Girard told The Times-Picayune that after police exchanged gunfire with the suspects, the three men ran through backyards and again exchanged gunfire at another intersection.
“I saw the policemen chase them,” Girard said. “It was a rolling gun battle.”
Harrison said the victim was shot dead during the second exchange of gunfire. Police were looking for two other suspects Sunday afternoon.
Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, said the wounded officer was hospitalized in good condition. He said doctors were planning to treat the officer, who had a bullet lodged in his left elbow.
Source: USA Today | Greg Toppo