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Friday, April 12, 2019

New Orleans police officer, injured in shooting, released from hospital Friday morning


A crime scene technician takes photos in the store after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A police unit leads the way for a New Orleans EMS ambulance as it takes the officer from the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Officers secure the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Investigators work the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Police cars block Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)An officer talks to someone in the back of a unit in the parking lot after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)New Orleans EMS takes the officer from the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A crime scene technician takes photos of an evidence cone on Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Employees wait outside the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Officers secure the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Police cars block Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)NOPD officials gather on Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson addresses the media after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A crime scene technician takes photos in the store after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)An evidence cone is place on Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A crime scene technician takes photos of a pick-up by the gas pumps after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Investigators work the scene after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)Police cars block Tulane Avenue after a New Orleans Police Officer was shot in the leg while apprehending a suspect inside the Shell Station at Tulane Avenue and South Jefferson Davis Parkway on Thursday night, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

A New Orleans police officer who was shot on duty Thursday night has been released from the hospital, authorities said Friday morning (April 12).

“He is now recovering at home,” NOPD tweeted Friday at 9:30 a.m. “Again, we want to thank everyone for your thoughts & prayers.”

The officer was shot in the leg after responding to a call around 9:15 p.m. Thursday of a suspicious person at a Shell gas station in the 3300 block of Tulane Avenue in Mid-City. The officer was trying to pat down a man matching the description of the reported suspicious person, and was shot during a subsequent struggle, police said. A bullet lodged in his right calf, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said.

The police officer has not been identified, but NOPD described him as a three-year veteran on the force and assigned to the NOPD’s 1st District, which includes part of Mid-City.

The man arrested in the shooting was identified by police as 18-year-old Michael Baker. Baker was booked Friday morning on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer, according to court records.

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reporters Laura McKnight and Diana Samuels contributed to this story.

Carlie Kollath Wells is a morning reporter at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Have an early-bird tip? Send it to her: cwells@nola.com or Twitter @carlie_kollath.

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