The suspect in Friday morning's killing of New Orleans Police Department Officer Marcus McNeil is Darren Bridges, a 30-year-old parolee with a lengthy criminal history, according to a law enforcement source.
The police department has not confirmed the name of the suspect in McNeil's shooting death in New Orleans East.
Several of Bridges' family members on Friday were gathered on the front porch of the Hollygrove address listed for him in court records. A woman who identified herself as Bridges' mother declined to comment, but another woman sitting on the front stoop who wouldn't give her name said, "All we know is he's been shot, and we don't know if he's dead or alive."
Bridges is described as a "career criminal" in court records.
The police officer shot to death early Friday in New Orleans East was 29-year-old Marcus McN…
His history includes more than a dozen arrests and at least three guilty pleas. Most recently in Orleans Parish criminal district court, Bridges pleaded guilty in 2012 to attempted possession of a firearm by a felon and was sentenced to serve 6 1/2 years in prison.
Bridges' arrest history in Orleans Parish dates back to 2004, according to online court records.
According to the state Department of Corrections, Bridges received a year of probation from a 2007 marijuana arrest, then in 2010 he was handed a 5-year suspended sentence on a second-degree battery count.
Police arrested him again on Aug. 10, 2011 on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
His probation on the battery conviction was revoked, and Bridges was sent to prison in 2012 on that violation as well as the 6 1/2-year sentence he received in March 2012 on an amended count of attempted possession of a firearm by a felon.
Bridges left prison in May 2015 on "good-time" release, according to the state agency. He returned to parole supervision in June 2016 following his arrest two months earlier on the allegation that he grabbed a female victim by the throat and choked her during an argument.
Bridges, who also allegedly ran from police after a traffic stop in October 2011, remains on parole.
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He received six months of probation, but the case has remained open since he missed a status hearing to address.
Authorities have released little information about the incident that left McNeil dead. But they said McNeil and three of his colleagues were on some sort of patrol when they encountered a 30-year-old man who shot at them near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard.
A New Orleans Police officer was shot to death on patrol early Friday in New Orleans East, a…
McNeil was struck several times and taken to University Medical Center, where he died. At least one officer shot the suspect, who hid in a nearby apartment before surrendering and being taken to the hospital himself.
Police early Friday swarmed an apartment complex in the 6800 block of Cindy Drive. There was a significant amount of blood outside one second-floor unit at a quadplex on Cindy, and a neighbor confirmed a man named Darren shared that apartment with a woman and at least one child.
"He was always getting into some unorthodox sh--," the neighbor said about Darren.
Another neighbor, Toniece Williams, said she was inside her apartment downstairs when she heard gunfire and then, a little later, policemen shouting and knocking on her door.
"I heard four shots, but there was probably more," Williams said.
It sounded like it was happening right under my apartment. ... I'm just glad they (got) us out in a safe place."
No other details were immediately available.