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HANO officer gunned down in his squad car Sunday

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

A Housing Authority of New Orleans officer was gunned down in his patrol unit early Sunday morning. Now, the search is on for the officer's killer.

“It's a horrible day for us, it's truly sad, this is a young officer who was taken way too soon,” HANO Police Chief Robert Anderson said.

The 45-year-old officer's death is the first in the department's history.

NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison says, “It's a very hard thing to watch one of your colleagues lose their life in the line of duty.”

Police say the officer was working an overnight security detail, watching the construction site of new town homes being built near Erato and Freret Streets in Central City. He was driving the block, when someone opened fire. Even after the driver's side window shattered, the patrol car, kept moving, until it hit a curb.

Another HANO officer found his colleague just after seven. It's not known what time the shooting happened.

“The block where this happened, no one lives in that block so we're working to get those answers, we're canvassing the neighborhood to see if anyone heard anything or seen anything,” Harrison said.

HANO Chief Anderson, calls this a tragic loss. “But we know the men and women of the NOPD are going to work just as hard and as tirelessly as they always do to bring this incident to a conclusion and determine what happened,” Anderson said.

Help is being offered to HANO employees. Harrison explains, “The New Orleans Police Department and the city is providing services through counseling and grief counseling and psychologists, all of whom have made themselves available to the members of his department right now.”

Meanwhile, the NOPD's search for the killer of the two year veteran, continues.

The name of the HANO officer killed hasn't yet been released, pending the notification of family members, and an autopsy. If you know anything about his murder, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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