A passenger in a stolen car was fatally shot and a Louisiana trooper wounded during a rolling gun battle Sunday evening in New Orleans, authorities said.
One of the three men inside the vehicle opened fire on one of the Louisiana State Police troopers who stopped the driver believing the car had been stolen at around 3:30 p.m. One of the bullets struck the officer in the arm near a playground in the city’s Seventh Ward neighborhood.
The unidentified trooper was later seen sitting upright while being loaded into the back of an ambulance. He is expected to recover after being shot in the elbow, Louisiana State Police Col. Michael Edmonson said at a press conference.
“He has a bullet in his left elbow. It’s embedded in there,” Edmonson said. “Doctors are going to keep it in there for now.”
The gunfire sparked a manhunt as police closed off several blocks searching for the driver and passengers who ditched the car and tried escaping through back yards, according to the Times-Picayune.
Cops confronted the suspects near the site of the shooting at Law and New Orleans Sts. and exchanged at least 20 shots, killing one of the suspects in the street as two other men escaped.
The search for the remaining two suspects continued through early Monday.
The shot suspect and fugitives were not immediately identified.