NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD releases video that shows what happened moments after one of their officers was gunned down in New Orleans East.
Officer Marcus McNeil was shot and killed last month. The suspect, Darren Bridges, now faces a first-degree murder charge.
The video was captured after Officer McNeil was killed in the 6800 block of Cindy Place.
Another officer in the area heard those shots and responded. The NOPD says Officer Stephen Stephano ran into Bridges, who was firing at him. You don't see Bridges in the video, but you do see Stephano fire five shots at Bridges. We're told Bridges was hit three times.
"In the video that is being released, it shows our officer responding to what appears to be him hearing gunfire, moving into a position where he appears to observe Mr. Bridges firing in his direction and then he runs away. Although Mr. Bridges is not caught in that frame, in our effort to be transparent, we wanted to release that portion of the video," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.
Police say Bridges then ran into a nearby apartment where he was living at the time. He eventually surrendered.
The video was captured from apartment building security cameras that were motion activated.
"We do have video of the officer actually being shot and killed," Harrison said. "It is extremely graphic and shocking to the conscience, and so we are not releasing that because that does not demonstrate the use of force to the citizen by the officer. We are releasing the video that demonstrates our use of force against a citizen, and that's part of our protocol, that's part of our promise of transparency."
The NOPD says as part of their protocol, Officer Stephano has been reassigned pending an investigation into the shooting.
Bridges has been released from the hospital and is now in the custody of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.