A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car this morning, city officials said.
The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim’s car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting.
The officer’s name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.
A Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer “Investigates complaints, maintains order, aids individuals, and identifies criminal offenders,” according to a summary of the position on hano.org. The officers also perform “unplanned physical tasks which include the restraining of violent individuals, running, climbing fences and responding to EMS and rescue emergencies. Officers must handle gun belts,” the summary said.