A New Orleans police officer was shot in the leg just before 10 p.m. Monday night near the intersection of Third and Lasalle streets in Central City.
The officer’s name was not immediately available, but his condition was not believed to be life-threatening, NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said late Monday.
Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters gathered at the scene just before 11 p.m. that the wounded officer was a member of the 6th District task force. He was working as part of a “high-saturation patrol” in response to a recent spike in carjackings and armed robberies in the area, Serpas said.
The officer who was shot and another member of the task force had approached a man who they deemed suspicious, Serpas said. The man ran and turned and shot at one of the officers, and then the other, Serpas said. At least one of the two officers returned fire, although Serpas could not say how many gunshots were fired by either officer, or by the alleged perpetrator.
The shooter was described as a young African-American man with a black hoodie and camouflage shorts. Police believe he ran uptown along LaSalle Street.
Police had set up a large perimeter around the scene of the shooting and continued to search for the shooter late Monday.
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Staff writer Gordon Russell contributed to this report.