A Louisiana cop giving security at a secondary school ball game in New Orleans was shot and killed over a mask- dispute, according to reports, and a suspect was promptly arrested.
It began as an armed robbery, transformed into a dispute over the mask, and ended in the shooting demise of a New Orleans cop.
At 6:15 p.m. on Friday, New Orleans cops were called to George Washington Carver High School with a report of an official in danger, as per authorities. They found a cop who’d been shot in the chest.
The cop was later discovered to be Tulane University Police Officer and hold New Orleans second City Court Constable Martinus Mitchum, 38, who was giving security to a basketball game at the secondary school at that point, WVUE-DT announced.
The shooter attempted to get into the school however was not wearing a mask, so he got into a contention with a staff member who was halting him, revealed WWL-TV. That is when Mitchum interceded, the shooter shot him in the chest. Raced to the medical clinic, where Mitchum later declared dead.
In an official statement, police said: “The suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire when the officer, serving as security for the event, tried to escort him out of the building, The suspect was immediately apprehended and arrested.”
Police took John Shallerhorn, 35 into custody, early Saturday and accused of armed burglary and first-degree murder of a police officer, revealed WVUE.
Prior to attempting to get into the school, Shallerhorn had purportedly burglarized a 39-year-elderly person of his medallion chain at gunpoint as the victim sat in his vehicle in the school parking area, WVUE revealed.
Shallerhorn at that point endeavored to enter the school, contended with Mitchum when barred passage for not wearing a mask, and afterward shot the cop twice as he was leaving, WVUE said. He put down the weapon and was taken into custody.
Tulane University officials said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic death of TUPD Corporal Martinus Mitchum, Corporal Mitchum was a dedicated police professional who had a heart of service for the Tulane community. We have reached out to his family and are providing support to his fellow officers during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with all the fellow officers with whom he served.”