Police officer in New Orleans found dead in cruiser

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NEW ORLEANS (CBS) – A police officer with the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) was found shot to death in a cruiser Sunday morning, officials said.

CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports that around 7:30 a.m., officers arrived at the scene in the Central City neighborhood near South Robertson and Freret streets to find the driver’s side window broken.

The officer, who has not been named yet, was found dead inside the car.

The HANO police chief told WWL-TV the victim was a two-year veteran of the force, and it’s the first killing of a HANO officer in its history.

NOLA.com reports the officer was working an overtime security detail at the construction site of the Guste Homes public housing complex. Officials report no one lives near the scene of the shooting.

The incident is under investigation.

HANO manages all low-income public housing in New Orleans. Its police department was given the power to make arrests in 2011.

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