New Orleans officer shot in face while on patrol in French Quarter

Jami Ganz, New York Daily News
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A New Orleans police officer was shot in the face and another was wounded while on patrol Friday afternoon in the French Quarter.

Superintendent Shaun Ferguson told reporters that officers didn’t have contact with the suspect, a pedicab passenger, prior to him shooting at their vehicle, CNN reports.

“This is a dark day for our officers, so I ask that you keep your officers and their families in your prayers,” said Ferguson.

The officer struck in the left cheek, right below his eye, is a four-year veteran who is in serious but stable condition. Ferguson noted that the bullet is lodged in the officer’s skull.

The other officer, who suffered minor abrasions, is a 16-year veteran who was also taken to the hospital, though Ferguson noted that officer was responsive and able to walk after being transported to the hospital.

Ferguson commended nearby citizens who pointed to the suspect, a man who would not identify himself, “as officers were responding to this call,” the superintendent added.

The suspect, he noted, “appeared to be under some sort of medical condition,” and was taken into custody without incident.

Though he was not injured by authorities, Ferguson said the suspect was also sent to a hospital.

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