A 33-year-old man was killed by a New Orleans police officer in New Orleans East early Monday morning after police said he fired at the officer during a traffic stop.
Police said that about 4:20 a.m., 7th District Officer Frederick Carter, 41, pulled over a white Mazda MPV minivan for a license plate violation in the 8800 block of Chef Menteur Highway near Old Gentilly Road.
As the 14-year veteran got out of his marked car and walked toward the vehicle, he told the driver to put his hands on the steering wheel, Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.
Harrison said that what happened next was caught on the officer’s dashboard and body-worn cameras. He said the man fired one shot toward Carter, who responded with five rounds of his own.
Police did not name the man, who died on the scene.
By the end of the encounter, the man’s body was lying on the ground next to the driver’s side of his car. Harrison said the man’s firearm and a single casing were recovered from the scene, immediately next to his body.
A law enforcement source said that multiple firearms were found inside the vehicle.
Harrison said that after the exchange of gunfire, Carter called for backup as well as an ambulance.
Grainy surveillance video from a nearby convenience store shows that little more than three minutes passed between the time Carter pulled the vehicle over and the time additional units arrived on the scene.
Chef Menteur Highway was closed in both directions for several hours as officers investigated the shooting.
Federal consent decree monitors as well as the city’s independent police monitor also checked on the investigation, which is being led by the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau’s Force Investigation Team.
Carter joined the department in December 2000. His history in the department does not include any prior sustained allegations involving use of force, according to disciplinary records.
He was suspended for 30 days for leaving New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, although an appeals court that upheld the suspension noted that he did attempt to report for duty on Aug. 31, 2005, two days after the storm hit, and that he returned to the city on Sept. 3.