New Orleans cop injured breaking up fight, and other police news

NOPD officer injured breaking up fight

A New Orleans police officer who tried to break up a fight early Monday morning in the French Quarter was brought to the hospital with a split lip and a broken hand or wrist.

The officer, who was identified only as a sergeant, was injured when he tried to intervene in a fight between two men at Bourbon and Conti streets at about 2:56 a.m.

One of the men involved in the fight ran away when the officer got involved. The other man, identified as Johnny Young, 23, allegedly punched the officer, causing the injuries.

The officer was treated at Tulane University Medical Center. Young was booked with battery of a police officer, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records.

Air-conditioning unit stolen from S&WB

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board had to shut down its customer service center in Algiers indefinitely on Monday after someone made off with the building’s rooftop air conditioning units over the weekend.

Board spokesman Robert Jackson couldn’t say how much the units were worth or when they might be replaced, since the board doesn’t own the building at 4001 Gen. De Gaulle Blvd.

In the meantime, Jackson said, residents with sewage or water issues should go the board’s main office at 625 St. Joseph Street.

Men with machete, bat, rifle rob business

A Mid-City barber shop was robbed Sunday afternoon by two men who walked into the business armed with a rifle, baseball bat and machete, New Orleans police said.

The men, who wore bandanas over their faces, walked into the business in the 3800 block of Banks Street at about 12:50 p.m. with the weapons.

One of the men went into the manager’s office and took the business’s cash, at which point both men ran away.

Police did not provide a description of the robbers.

2 N.O. homicide victims identified

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified two men who were killed late last week and early this week in separate incidents.

Atiba Green, 39, was fatally shot Friday night in the 3400 block of Vespasian Boulevard, according to chief investigator John Gagliano.

New Orleans police received a call at 9:42 p.m. about a shooting and found Green lying in the street with gunshot wounds to the head and arms, said officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

Green died on the scene from his wounds.

Homicide Detective Jeffrey Vappie is in charge of the investigation.

A 33-year-old man fatally shot early Sunday at South Broad Avenue and Gravier Street — across the street from NOPD headquarters — was identified as Merle Offray.

Police were called to the intersection about 12:10 a.m. and found Offray lying on the sidewalk with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He died at the scene.

Homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson is in charge of the investigation.

Police have not released any information on a suspect or motive in either killing.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau