New Orleans Police Department officer shot at in New Orleans East, suspects remain at large _lowres

Crime scene from where a New Orleans Police Department Officer was shot at on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (New Orleans Police Department)

A police officer was shot at in New Orleans East on Tuesday and two suspects remain at large after an extensive manhunt. It was the second dramatic incident for NOPD in as many days.

New Orleans police responding to a report of a suspicious person near the area around Crowder and Curran boulevards around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night encountered two suspects armed with guns, NOPD spokesman Officer Juan Barnes said. When officers approached, the suspects fled on foot.

One suspect shot once at the officers while fleeing, police said. Police did not sustain any injuries and did not return fire.

A large police contingent, including a State Police helicopter, searched the area for hours, but the suspects never turned up. Some residents were temporarily barred from returning to their homes until the search was called off around 11:30 p.m.

The shooting followed an incident Tuesday night at a Dollar General store on Chef Menteur Highway when police shot and killed one man suspected of attempting to rob the store.

Police took 24-year-old Spencer Banks into custody after finding him hiding in a car in the store’s parking lot. Banks’ 23-year-old brother, Halbert Adams, who allegedly fled the area Tuesday night, turned himself in to police at the 7th District station Wednesday morning.