Cops shoot man in the French Quarter shootout Saturday morning

Incident came in as officer needing assistance, one man in critical condition

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
January 25, 2020 - 8:10 am

A shootout between a suspect and cops in the French Quarter this morning sent one suspect to the hospital.

Witnesses reported hearing gunfire near Bourbon Street and St. Louis before 7:30am.

Police Chief Shawn Ferguson says they received reports of a man pointing a gun at people in the French Quarter.  He says when officers arrived, they confronted the man and a shootout ensued.

The suspect was shot in the chest.  No officers were hurt.

Police were seen converging in the area and hanging crime scene tape to block off access to several blocks of Bourbon Street.

An earlier news release said, "The NOPD is working a signal 108 in the Eighth District. The incident reportedly occurred around 7:39 am on Saturday (Jan. 25) near the intersection of Dauphine and Saint Louis streets."

A signal 108 is the radio call police use to indicate "Officer Needs Assistance/ life in Danger."

Jonathan Fourcade of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services says the suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

The chief said he was undergoing surgery.

NOPD and Louisiana State Police were on the scene.


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