Police Officer Marcus McNeil was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard shortly after midnight.
He and three other officers had just exited their vehicles when a man standing nearby opened fire on them, striking Officer McNeil several times. Despite being mortally wounded, he returned fire and wounded the man.
The man fled to a nearby apartment complex where he was taken into custody after remaining barricaded for several hours.
Officer McNeil had served with the New Orleans Police Department for three years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.