NEW ORLEANS -- A New Orleans police spokeswoman says an officer was shot in the leg Monday night in Central City.
It happened at about 9 p.m. near the intersection of Third and Lasalle streets.
Police say the officer was a veteran of the New Orleans Police Department but his name and age have not been released. He is expected to make a full recovery.
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said that the officers were patrolling the Central City area, when they passed the gunman, and made eye contact. The gunman then started running and appeared he was reaching for a gun, Serpas said. Officers tried to engage him, and Serpas said the gunman responded with gunfire. At least one officer fired back. Multiple shots were fired.
The officers were patrolling the area as part of the chief's initiative to engage the community in crime hot spots, Serpas said.
Serpas says the suspect, a black man with a black hoodie and camo shorts, was apprehended by the NOPD canine unit in the 2200 block of Third Street, and taken into custody, early Tuesday morning. He was not injured in the gun fight but was taken to the hospital for apparent dog bites.