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A Louisiana police officer providing security at a high school basketball game in New Orleans was shot and killed following a mask-related dispute, authorities said, and a suspect was immediately taken into custody.
Tulane University Police Officer Martinus Mitchum was shot Friday while working at George Washington Carver High School in the 3000 block of Higgins Boulevard, the New Orleans Police Department said.
The article goes on to state the following:
John Shallerhorn, 35, was booked early Saturday for armed robbery and first-degree murder of a policeman, Fox 8 reported, citing Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office jail records.
When Shallerhorn arrived at the school Friday, he allegedly robbed a man sitting in his car in the parking lot. While doing so Shallerhorn showed off his gun and took the victim’s necklace, according to police.
After getting the chain, Shallerhorn then proceeded to go into the school but was stopped because he didn’t have a mask on.
A fight broke out with Shallerhorn and a school employee. At this point Mitchum stepped in and accompanied Shallerhorn out of the school.
As he was leaving, Shallerhorn allegedly shot the officer twice before placing his gun on the ground. He was then taken into custody and booked on murder charges.
Tulane Police Chief Kirk Bouyelas 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.”
— Cody Lillich (@CodyLillich) February 27, 2021
Tulane police officer shot & killed over alleged face mask incident at basketball game. Suspect is also believed to have robbed someone in parking lot before trying to enter the game without a mask. Rest In Peace Officer Mitchum. #FOX35 @fox35orlando https://t.co/ryYUoSgL0l
— Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 (@Fox35Amy) February 28, 2021
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