Two NOPD officers shot in early morning traffic stop

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 9:23am

NEW ORLEANS, LA (FOX8) - Two New Orleans police officers are undergoing surgery after being shot during a traffic stop at the intersection of Toulouse St. & N. Bernadotte St., near City Park.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says two suspects were also shot around 5:38 a.m. Thursday by the officers. The suspects were in a white Pontiac Grand Am prior to the shooting. One suspect, believed to be 19 years-old, died at the scene and another was wounded.

Neighbors in the area tell FOX 8 they heard as many as 10 gunshots fired. A worker at the nearby Burger King says one of the victims was employed there and was scheduled to arrive at 5:00 a.m.

Serpas says the officers were taken to LSU Interim Public Hospital, formerly University Hospital and immediately taken into surgery. Chief trauma surgeon Dr. Norman McSwain says surgeons are repairing damage to one officer's liver. The other officer suffered a gunshot wound that damaged his colon. While Dr. McSwain says there are other bullet wounds to contend with, neither is facing life threatening injuries.

Several officers have arrived at the hospital along with the officer's families. The names of the officers shot have not been released.

Stay with FOX 8 News for more developments.

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