A cyclo gunman fired his weapon into two New Orleans officers’ police cars on Friday afternoon – but both ambushed policemen will survive, including one who currently has one bullets were lodged in the skull, authorities said.
Police chief Shaun Ferguson said policemen were on regular patrols in the city’s French Quarter around 4:25 pm when chased by a man on a bicycle.
Police arrested the alleged gunman within minutes, and found a weapon they believed was used in the shooting, Ferguson said.
An officer was shot in the left cheek, under the eye and listed in serious but stable condition.
“The bullet was in his skull,” said Ferguson.
The force̵7;s four-year veteran responded when he entered the hospital holding his cheek.
A second officer, a 16-year veteran of the department, was slightly mutilated in an arm after being hit by a piece of glass in the shooting, local website NOLA.com reported.
“Two of our officers were ambushed,” said Ferguson.
“This is a dark day for our officers and I ask you to keep them in your prayers.”
After the shooting, a retired military veteran gave first aid to the officer’s face wound, Ferguson said.
Both officers, who were not immediately named, were taken to hospital by other police officers who responded to the scene.
The passerby helped police locate the alleged gunman by pointing out him as he ran towards an intersection, Ferguson said.
Mr. Ferguson said the suspect had a holster and appeared to be experiencing some medical condition when he was arrested.
He was also taken to hospital because of an unclear condition, according to the official.
A witness told NOLA.com that she saw the alleged shooter struggling, screaming and trying to bite the first responders when he was taken to an ambulance after being arrested.
Ferguson said officials are working to identify the suspect, who declined to give his name. It is still not clear what charges he will face.