Man accused of killing NOPD cop scheduled for arraignment

Man accused of killing NOPD cop scheduled for arraignment

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man accused of killing a New Orleans Police Department officer in October will be in court Tuesday morning for arraignment.

Darren Bridges will be arraigned on eight charges, including first-degree murder.

Bridges was indicted last week on those eight charges. Those charges are felon in possession of a fire arm, four counts of possession with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice and aggravated assault with a firearm upon a police officer .

According to his arrest warrant, Bridges dropped a backpack he was carrying when police say they later found cocaine, heroin and other pills inside of it.

Officer Marcus McNeil used his taser on Bridges, but it was ineffective.

A physical altercation ensued, which escalated to McNeil getting shot, according to police.

Another officer was in the area when he heard the shots. He responded and eventually shot and captured Bridges.

The NOPD released a portion of the video showing what happened.

The video is expected to be key evidence if the case goes to trial.

"We do have video of the officer actually being shot and killed 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," said New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison. "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 district attorney's office has said they intend to seek the death penalty in this case.

Bridges is being held without bond on his first-degree murder charge.