Michael Harrison, Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department in Louisiana, sadly reports the death of Officer Marcus McNeil.
Officer McNeil, 29, was shot and killed while he and other officers were investigating a suspicious person. McNeil and three other officers stopped to investigate a male standing near an intersection in a high crime area of the city.
When the officers exited their patrol vehicles. The male suspect immediately opened fire on the four officers. McNeil was struck multiple times. The other officers returned fire and wounded the suspect who fled the shooting on foot. McNeil was transported to the University Medical Center where he succumbed to his gunshot wounds.
The suspect fled to an apartment complex where he barricaded himself inside an apartment. A SWAT team was called for assistance. Finally, after several hours, the suspect was persuaded to surrender.
The New Orleans Public Integrity Bureau’s “Force Investigation Team” is investigating the shooting. The Independent Police Monitor and a federal court mandated consent decree monitor were also notified of the shooting.
Marcus McNeil served the New Orleans Police Department for three years, and was assigned to the 7th Precinct East. In his short time of service, he received several awards and letters of commendation for his performance. His latest assignment was a Task Force Detective where he was on patrol of high crime areas in an unmarked patrol vehicle.
His wife, Brittany, and two young children survive him.
Officer Marcus McNeil is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Friday, October 13, 2017.
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