NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A preliminary investigation by the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau found that the suspect fired the first shot in Monday morning's fatal officer-involved shooting in New Orleans East.
The incident unfolded at about 4 a.m. as Seventh District Officer Fredrick Carter tried to conduct a traffic stop involving a white Mazda MPV for a license plate violation at the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Old Gentilly Road.
The NOPD said the suspect, identified only as a 33-year-old male, fired a shot at Carter and Carter returned fire, killing the suspect. One casing from the suspect's gun was recovered. The department said Carter fired five shots.
Carter is a 14-year NOPD veteran. He has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation.