New Orleans police and a gunman exchanged shots in the Upper 9th Ward on Sunday after the man opened fire on an officer, the Police Department said.
No officers were injured, but a man was shot in the buttocks during the incident in the 2200 block of Desire Street about 1:10 p.m., Officer Garry Flot of the NOPD said.
The officer who wounded the man was identified as Jacob Lundy, an eight-year veteran of the force. He will be reassigned pending the outcome of an investigation, Flot said.
Police were responding to a report of suspicious men with guns in that block, Flot said. As the officers investigated, one of the men pointed a gun at the policemen and fired, he said.
Police were trying to identify the wounded 32-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital and will be booked into jail when he’s released, Flot said. Another men fled.
Officers recovered a silver four-door Toyota Camry at the scene. It was reported stolen, and detectives were investigating whether it was used in other crimes, Flot said.
Police seized the pistol the gunman used, Flot said.
The officer who fired the shot was wearing his body camera, and the department’s Public Integrity Bureau was reviewing the footage, Flot said.
Meanwhile, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and a federal monitor tied to the NOPD’s consent decree were also at the shooting scene.