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Suspect killed in shootout with NOPD officers

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The search is on for two people involved in an overnight shootout and foot chase with New Orleans police.

It started Wednesday around 11 p.m. when officers pulled over a Chevy Avalanche near Josephine and Lasalle streets.

Officers say three people got out of the truck and began running. One of them began shooting at police. Officers fired back and shot a 37-year-old man. He died hours Thursday morning at a local hospital.

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison identified the officer who shot the suspect as Matthew Bencik, a three year veteran of the NOPD. He has been placed on administrative duty while the department investigates the shooting. His partner was identified as Devin Ashmore, an eight year member of the NOPD. 

The suspect exited the vehicle but ran off after heading eastbound down Josephine Street. The officers ran after the driver and their driver fired at the direction of officers," Harrison said. "Officer Bencik returned fire at the driver. Two rounds struck the driver, one to the torso, and one to the hip."

Harrison said the shooting was captured on the officer's body camera. It shows the suspect fired first. 

"The body cam revealed there was pleasant interaction between the officers and the occupants up until the time the subject took off running. We're confident the entire incident was captured on camera, and all policies were followed at this time," Harrison said.

Officers located a gun and narcotics near the scene of the shooting.

Meantime, police are still searching for a man and a woman that got away.

Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.

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