The New Orleans Police Department released the identity of the police officer shot to death in a New Orleans East shootout early Friday morning.

Marcus McNeil, 29, was shot while on patrol near the intersection of Tara Lane and Lake Forest Boulevard.


McNeil was rushed to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

McNeil was a three-year veteran of the department and served as a Police Officer I assigned to the Seventh District, where he had worked since July of 2015.

He is survived by a wife and two children, ages five and two.

McNeil earned the nickname “Milk Dud” after he arrested a man who tried to provoke him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

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