The New Orleans Police Department is on the scene of an early morning shooting involving a police officer.
The shooting happened just after 4 a.m. near the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Old Gentilly Road in New Orleans East.
According the NOPD, around 4:20 a.m., Seventh District Officer Fredrick Carter conducted a traffic stop involving a white Mazda MPV for a license plate violation at the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Old Gentilly Road.
As Carter approached the vehicle, a shot was fired. Fearing for his safety, Carter returned fire, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said.
"When he arrived at the rear of the vehicle, what we know now is that we heard one shot fired, apparently startled the officer, he retreated for cover and returned fire striking the victim," Chief Harrison told reporters at the scene.
Carter fired several shots toward the suspect, killing him.
Harrison said the incident was captured on carter's body camera. That footage has already been reviewed. Investigators will also go over additional footage recorded on the police unit's dash cam.
"It was very fast, it was his body cam video, so the officer is moving and that's the part of the investigation that we know right now," Harrison said. "His firearm is right next to his body, right next to him on the ground, on the drivers side of the vehicle. This is very much an ongoing investigation, there are not many more answers we can give you right now, but we have seen his body cam video. There is a dash cam video, which we have not seen, which we will look at later today."
The Public Integrity Bureau (FIT Team), Independent Police Monitor and the Federal Consent Decree monitor are on the scene.The suspect was shot and no officers were injured.
Police said Officer Carter will be reassigned pending the investigation. The identity of the man killed in the shooting has not been released.