NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - One Mandeville police officer was shot to death and another one was injured near Hwy. 190 and Hwy. 22 on Friday afternoon (Sept. 20).
The second officer was shot in the head. He was taken to a nearby hospital. A source close to the investigation said the injury was a graze wound.
It is unclear if police returned gunfire.
Two people are in custody, including the suspected shooter. One person was arrested on the scene. Another person was caught in the Beau Chene area.
The shooting happened shortly before 2 p.m.
Witnesses said that there was a police chase after a traffic stop on Monroe St. The suspect got out of the vehicle and started shooting at an officer. That officer was killed. A backup officer arrived and was also shot.
“We have a wife that’s grieving. We have children that are grieving. We have an agency who has not lost a police officer of over 50 years,” Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said. “My thoughts and prayers, and I’m sure all of our community, their thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family. I’m asking that you all pray for us.”
Hwy. 190 was shut down in both directions after the shooting. officers are asking drivers to stay away from the area.
As of 3:30 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said that all suspects are in custody and there is no danger to the public. Police said the weapon used in the shooting was recovered.
“The only thing we can do right now is ask for the prayers of the community for the officer that is injured and for the person that is decease,” Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere said.
Louisiana State Police and the Slidell Police Department are also assisting in the investigation.
“Today we mourn the loss of a dedicated public servant who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting the people of Mandeville and the people of Louisiana. Our hearts go out to the officer’s family and friends, the people of Mandeville and the entire law enforcement community,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a statement.
St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister asked the community to come together in prayer and support for the officers and the Mandeville Police Department.
“We are shocked at the sad and tragic news today of the shooting of two Mandeville Police officers in the line of duty," she said.
As of 3:30 p.m., the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said that all suspects are in custody and there is no danger to the public.
Louisiana State Police and the Slidell Police Department are also assisting in the investigation. They are asking anyone with infomation about the shooting to contact police as the investigation is ongoing, despite the arrests.
The last time a Mandeville Police officer was killed in the line of duty was 1958.
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