Holloway's death marks four officers shot in area in three months

Holloway's death marks four officers shot in area in three months

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - NOPD officer Daryle Holloway's murder Saturday marks the fourth officer shot while on duty in the past three months in our area, and the fifth in the past year.

Convenience store owner Mamoun Ibrihm said. "The city is not safe."

Holloway's murder comes less than a month after HANO officer James Bennett Junior was shot and left for dead near an abandoned construction area in Central City.

But officers being shot is not just a problem in New Orleans.

In April, St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy Burt Hazeltine was shot after a man became irate when the officer directed traffic on Highway 90 in Paradis to let school buses pass. Hazeltine recovered days later despite being shot several times.

Also in April on the north shore, a man and Slidell Police Sgt. Cliff Laigast were involved in a shootout in the Olde Towne area of the city.

Both Laigast and the man were shot, and both recovered.

Last September, three men ambushed NOPD officer Jonathan Smith while he worked a detail at a po-boy shop in the Marigny. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot Smith who later recovered.

Police caught the suspects in each of these cases, except for Bennett's murderer who is still on the run.

"Horrible-tragic events are happening across the country as well as in New Orleans to police officers," N.O. Police Justice and Foundation CEO Melanie Talia said.

"The cases in our area have brought more attention to officers being shot, but statistically more officers are not being targeted by criminals," Talia said.

This year the number of officers killed in action by gunfire is down 16 percent, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

"Policing has always been a very, very dangerous job. I think some of what we know today is because we have better communication. The departments across the country communicate better with each other," Talia said. "We the public, we get more information and we get it more quickly."

Talia said despite the attacks on NOPD officers 83 percent more people are applying to the department this year compared to 2014.

"We've got 30 brand new cadets starting at a brand new academy, ready to move forward and become part of the NOPD," Talia said. "We anticipate starting another class very soon."

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