A passenger in a pedicab ambushed two New Orleans Police officers in the French Quarter on Friday, shooting one officer in the face and injuring another, the city’s police superintendent said.
The officers had no contact with the suspect before he opened fire on their vehicle while they were on patrol Friday afternoon, according to Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.
“They were just crossing through intersections going in different directions,” he said. “This is a dark day for our officers, so I ask that you keep our officers and their families in your prayers.”
One officer, who has been on the force for four years, was struck by a bullet in the left cheek, just below the eye. The bullet is lodged in his skull and he is in serious but stable condition.
“He was able to walk into the hospital holding his cheek,” Ferguson said.