Officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans Found Shot to Death in Police Cruiser

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“What we know right now is that he was fatally wounded, and it is just a sad day. We are all very touched by it and our thoughts and prayers are with the chief, his family and the officers of the housing authority.”

NEW ORLEANS — It’s a scene no law enforcement officer ever wants to investigate.

The New Orleans Police Department says a Housing Authority of New Orleans officer was found shot to death inside his police cruiser early Sunday morning in Central City.

“Such a tragic loss. We have never had an on-duty death in the department’s history. We know the men and women of the NOPD will work to bring this to a conclusion.”

The driver’s side window was broken out and the cruiser lights were still on when responding officers found the body. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said the officer’s car was found in drive.

“What we know right now is that he was fatally wounded, and it is just a sad day,” Harrison said. “We are all very touched by it and our thoughts and prayers are with the chief, his family and the officers of the housing authority.”

“It is a tough day. It is a hard thing to watch one of your colleagues lose their life in the line of duty.”

HANO police chief Robert Anderson said the young officer had only been on the force two years and he is the first officer killed in the line of duty.

Anderson said the officer was on patrol in an area where new mixed-income homes are under construction. Read the rest of this entry »


Domestic Terror U.S.A.: Georgia Tech Student Burned by Molotov Cocktail

Saamer-AkhshabiThe FBI says a Georgia Tech graduate student was burned by a Molotov cocktail at his apartment in the 200 block of 10th Street, not far from Piedmont Park.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with the Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with the Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire-Rescue are working to investigate the circumstances behind the incident. Homeland Security was also notified of the explosion.

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