Suspect in police shooting has history of domestic violence, NOPD chief says

NOPD Officer Shot In Arm

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans police officer was shot in the arm on Tuesday (April 21), according to Chief Shaun Ferguson.

“Another sad day here in New Orleans. Unfortunately, we are out here today to investigate another officer involved shooting,” the chief said.

The injured police officer was part of an investigation for a wanted individual who has a history of domestic violence, Ferguson said.

The shooting happened in the 6700 block of Bundy Rd. in New Orleans East on Tuesday morning. He said at least one officer and the suspect, Horace Toppins, fired shots at each other. It is unclear who fired first.

Toppins was arrested without being injured.

The officer shot in the arm is in stable condition.

Toppins, 29, was last investigated for aggravated assault with a firearm in October 2019.

He allegedly threatened the victim and her son with a gun at the victim’s home in the same area after being involved in a verbal altercation with the victim’s daughter.

The shooting is still under investigation. The NOPD plans to release body cam footage at a later date.

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