Two police officers ambushed and shot in their squad car while in the French Quarter
- A New Orleans police officer was shot in the face after being ambushed by a man in a pedicab
- The officer and his partner were in their cruiser doing a routine patrol at the time
- The alleged shooter fled the scene and was arrested in a nearby street
A New Orleans police officer was shot in the face after being ambushed by a man in a pedicab.
The officer, who has not been named, was shot while he was in his patrol cruiser in the French Quarter at about 4.30pm Friday, while people were just beginning their Halloween celebrations.
Police said that the officer and his partner were in their cruiser near St. Philip and Royal street when a man, who was riding in the back of the pedicab, shot at their cruiser, NOLA.com reported.
One of the officers was shot in the face, under his left eye, during the incident. He is in serious, but stable condition, and the bullet is lodged in his skull, police said.
He was brought to the hospital by fellow officers who arrived at the scene.
A second officer was wounded by glass shards.
The alleged shooter fled the scene, but was taken into custody in a nearby street minutes after the incident.
Police said the shooter appeared to be having some kind of a medical episode at the time he was arrested and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.