NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD on Friday released dramatic video of an afternoon shootout between police and suspect Bernie Porche.
"A little more than a week ago, NOPD officers and Louisiana State Police were involved in a very dangerous situation with three men who made very bad choices," NOPD Chief Michael Harrison said.
When a State Trooper tried to stop a stolen car in the Seventh Ward on Aug. 21, police said three men jumped out with guns and started shooting. That initiated what was described as a rolling gun battle that included three separate encounters.
"This is what men and women in law enforcement are up against every single day. This is the mindset," Harrison said.
The dash cam video shows the third encounter between police and Porche. Porche emerges from the corner of Law and New Orleans streets with his gun drawn. He begins firing at an officer, and the officer returns fire.
Porche falls to the ground.
According to the coroner's office, police shot Porche twice. Once on the ground, though, Porche continued to fire at the officer.
Moments later, he shot himself in the head. The coroner ruled his death a suicide.
"Those choices threatened the lives of members of our community. They threatened the lives of our law enforcement officers and ultimately led to the death of one of the men involved," Harrison said.
Police said before the final shootout, Porche encountered a state trooper just blocks away, and the two exchanged gunfire. Porche shot the trooper in the elbow. The trooper is recovering.
Police said they found a handgun with an extended magazine that Porche used to shoot at officers and then kill himself.
"Later at the hospital, we found two extra magazines for a 9mm and other live ammunition in Porche's pocket. Inside the vehicle that the trio was in, we found the assault rifle with ammunition," Harrison said.
Harrison said he decided to release the video as part of a new policy to be more transparent. He wanted to stress, however, that the investigation isn't over.
Police are still searching for the other two suspects.