A New Orleans officer was shot and killed after a gunman fired on a group of police.
The city’s Mayor Mitch Landrieu confirmed the death on Twitter early Friday morning, saying that the unidentified officer was killed overnight.
“These are the worst kind of days for the city,” he told reporters during a press conference. “We want to keep the family in our thoughts and prayers. There were a lot of officers who knew this officer very well. The entire department is in trauma.”
A group of four officers was on routine patrol just after midnight when they “saw something that aroused their suspicion” and exited their car to investigate. The gunman opened fire, striking one officer multiple times, The Times-Picayune reported.
“One possibly two officers returned fire,” New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison told reporters, “and our officer collapsed right there on the scene.”
The officer, who’s name has not been released upon his family’s request, later died from his gunshot wounds.
The alleged gunaman ran into an apartment building, where he hid until he peacefully surrendered himself to a SWAT team, WWL reported. Harrison said their was only one suspect and that it was unclear whether he had a prior record.
The 30-year-old suspect, who is under arrest, was taken to University Hospital, where he is still being treated.
Officers are still investigating the motive behind the early-morning shooting.
“This hurts,” Harrison added, “I can’t begin to tell you how much this hurts.”
With News Wire Services