NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - A New Orleans police officer was shot Uptown during an armed robbery early Monday (June 17), according to an NOPD spokesman.
The two suspects were also shot during the incident and both have been arrested. The incident happened just after 6 a.m. at CVS Pharmacy in the 4900 block of Prytania Street.
NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said multiple officers responded to the area, when a shootout ensued between the officer and the suspects.
Three officers returned fire striking both suspects -- an 18-year-old and a 26-year-old. One of the suspects was quickly apprehended and taken to the hospital, where he is expected to recover. The other suspect initially escaped the scene, but was caught a few hours later.
The officer was shot in the left shoulder, according to NOPD. As of Monday afternoon, he was reported to be alert and stable. Police said both suspects are also stable condition after one was shot several times and the other was shot in the hip.
Police shut down a portion of Prytania Street for much of the day as more than a dozen federal and local investigators worked at the scene. Residents said they heard a series of gunshots early in the morning -- a time when the neighborhood is normally quiet.
John Anderson said he was working on his computer when he heard gunfire erupt.
“I heard a loud blast around 6:30 a.m., I thought it was construction,” Anderson said.
At least 30 evidence cones littered the street at the intersection of Upperline and Prytania streets, where NOPD said the shootout occurred.
Officers roped off parts of the area while searching for the escaped suspect. Around 9 a.m., police found the man near a home in the 1100 block of Upperline.
During the search, residents were warned to stay inside, but not everyone got the message, one neighbor said.
“It would’ve been nice if someone knocked on the door. We’re right here,” she said.
Witnesses said they saw a large police presence at the intersection of Upperline and Prytania earlier in the morning. Louisiana State Police were also on the investigation of the scene.
The Independent Police Monitor and Federal Monitor are also involved in the investigation and were on the scene Monday. Tonya McClary with the Independent Police Monitor said their team will review the body cam footage and determine whether or not the officers responded accordingly.
More than half a dozen businesses in the area were shut down for most of the day.
As the investigation continues, Anderson said he’s relieved the outcome wasn’t worse.
“I’m glad police responded quickly and the officer is alive and well,” Andersen said.