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.

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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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