HANO police officer killed Sunday identified

The Housing Authority of New Orleans police officer who was killed Sunday morning in Central City was identified Monday as James Bennett Jr., 45.

Bennett died of a gunshot wound, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said.

His body was found about 7:10 a.m. Sunday. He was working an overtime shift patrolling an under-construction section of the Guste Homes public housing complex. Police said he was shot while his patrol car was moving, and the vehicle then came to a rest on a curb.

Bennett had joined HANO’s small police force after serving as a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy from 2000 to 2013, with a brief stint in 2006 as a full-time officer in the 2nd District on the West Bank.

There appeared to be few or no witnesses to the killing in the darkened 2300 block of Erato Street near Freret Street. No additional information was released Monday about what Mayor Mitch Landrieu termed a “heinous assault.”

Bennett was clearly aware of the dangers of the job. In an online profile, he described himself as “adaptable to hostile conditions such as working with limited equipment and long hours alone.”

Jefferson deputies were “shocked and saddened” by the news of Bennett’s death, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.

Bennett was a graduate of L.W. Higgins High School in Marrero.

He was the first HANO police officer killed in the line of duty.

Man convicted of 2012 murder in Terrytown

A Jefferson Parish jury on Friday convicted Antoine Johnson of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Aaron Roby in Terrytown.

Johnson will be sentenced June 3 by Judge Danyelle Taylor in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, though the conviction brings with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, probation or suspended sentence.

Johnson was accused of shooting Roby, who lived in Johnson’s girlfriend’s apartment complex, after the two men argued about a noise complaint two weeks earlier.

The jury returned the verdict after less than an hour of deliberation.

Johnson’s lawyer told the court he will appeal.

Victim of Algiers murder identified

A man killed in an Algiers apartment complex Saturday has been identified by the Coroner’s Office as Aaron Bannister, 29.

Police said he was shot about 3:10 p.m. in the Garden Oaks Apartments. He died of a gunshot wound after being taken to a hospital.

Sheriff’s deputy shoots at driver who hit him

An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy fired his gun at a driver who hit him with his car while fleeing a traffic stop at Canal and Basin streets about 8:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

The driver ditched the car at Dumaine and North Robertson streets. Police are not sure if he was injured, Police Department spokesman Officer Garry Flot said.

It was not immediately clear how many rounds the deputy fired at the driver near the busy intersection. The deputy, who has not been identified, was not seriously injured.

Although sheriff’s deputies are typically assigned to duties related to the city’s jail, the deputy involved in the shooting was performing traffic stops as part of a two-week seat belt enforcement campaign funded by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

A Department of Public Works truck could be seen towing a green Chevrolet Tahoe with gray side panels near the intersection where police said the driver abandoned his vehicle.

Man killed in morning accident on I-610

The driver of an SUV struck and killed a man after a driver lost control of his car and hit a cement guardrail on Interstate 610 eastbound at St. Bernard Avenue on Monday morning, police said.

Police said a 24-year-old man was exiting a black Acura with other passengers after the vehicle hit the guardrail when he was hit and killed about 5:35 a.m.

No citations were issued on the scene, police spokesman Officer Garry Flot said. Toxicology test results are pending.

Body of 16-year-old recovered in Grand Isle

The body of a teenager who disappeared while swimming near Grand Isle State Park on Sunday was recovered on Monday, according to local police.

The 16-year-old boy was last seen swimming from a rock jetty to a piling at the park, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard 8th District.

The Coast Guard was notified about 2:15 p.m. Sunday and used a boat, a helicopter and a plane in the search.

Four stabbed overnight in New Orleans

Four people in New Orleans were stabbed Sunday night and Monday morning in three separate incidents, according to police.

A 23-year-old woman was treated and released from a hospital after being stabbed during an argument near Almonaster Road and North Prieur Street about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Later, a man stumbled into a neighbor’s home in the 1300 block of Annette Street in Gentilly about 11:45 p.m., saying he had been stabbed. The man told his neighbor that a 23-year-old woman had been stabbed, as well.

Another man was stabbed in the Lower 9th Ward about 4:40 a.m. The 27-year-old victim said two unknown men approached him as he left his vehicle for his house in the 6100 block of Chartres Street. One of the assailants tried to force his way into the house. He was blocked from entering but was able to stab the victim.

Woman cut in Harvey on Sunday night

A woman suffered a cutting wound in the 4200 block of Lac St. Pierre Drive in Harvey on Sunday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The incident was reported about 8 p.m. The wound was not life-threatening.