Tue, Jan 15, 2013
The The Times-Picayune is reporting that a man fired a gun at New Orleans police on Monday near the corner of Murl Street and Sandra Drive in Algiers and later fatally shot himself in the face, according to authorities. Officials say the incident happened about 11:45 a.m. when officers tried to stop a man they considered a suspicious person.
Both Special Weapons and Tactics officers and an apprehension dog responded to the scene. Police said they then found the gunman had apparently killed himself in the back on abandoned apartment complex in the 100 block of Westpark Court.The 20-year-old man — whose name has not been released — started running, turned and took two shots at the cops, who did not return fire, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Frank Robertson said. No officers were struck or injured, and police closed off several blocks in the area to search for the shooter.
NOPD Public Integrity Bureau Sgt. Nicole Barbe is leading the investigation into the case. Officers recovered a weapon and are determining how it was obtained, Robertson added.
Though authorities did not publicly identify the dead man, they did say he had been previously arrested on counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, burglary, theft and possession of stolen property.
Relatives of the man who died gathered in the parking lot of a gas station at the corner of Gen. DeGaulle and Sandra drives. They became badly agitated when they learned what had gone down.
Some expressed doubts about the cops’ story on how the man lost his life.