Two police officers on patrol in the French Quarter of New Orleans were ambushed Friday afternoon.
According to CNN, Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said that a pedicab passenger opened fire on the police vehicle. The officers reportedly had no prior contact with the suspect.
“Two of our officers were ambushed at the intersection of Royal and St. Philip Street,” Ferguson said.
“This is a dark day for our officers, so I ask that you keep our officers and their families in your prayers,” the Superintendent added.
One of the officers was shot in the face.
A man riding in a New Orleans pedicab shot a police officer sitting in his patrol vehicle in the French Quarter. The New Orleans Police Superintendent called the shooting an ambush. https://t.co/Wecycfm1KT
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The four-year veteran officer was struck by a bullet in the left cheek below his eye, Ferguson said. At the current time, he is stable but in serious condition, as the bullet is lodged in his skull.
The other officer, who has minor injuries, is a 16-year veteran, Ferguson said. The wounded officer was reportedly responsive, and able to walk into the hospital.
According to Ferguson, the suspect “appeared to be under some sort of medical condition” and “would not identify himself but was taken into custody.” A gun was recovered and the suspect was wearing a holster. The suspect was not injured by police.
Ferguson told CNN that a citizen came to the aid of the wounded officer.
“A retired Army veteran with medical experience was working in a nearby store and helped with the medical treatment of our officers until fellow officers arrived at the scene,” he said.
“We also want to commend the citizens who pointed out the individual as officers were responding to this call,” he added.