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Two New Orleans police officers shot during traffic stop, 1 suspect dead, 1 injured

Two officers in surgery after being shot at traffic stop in New Orleans; one suspect dead WWL

(CBS/AP) NEW ORLEANS - Two New Orleans police officers are undergoing surgery after being shot during a traffic stop near City Park.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says two suspects were also shot around 5:45 a.m. Thursday by the officers. One suspect died at the scene and the other was wounded.

Serpas says the officers were taken to a local hospital and immediately went into surgery.

According to CBS affiliate WWL, Dr. Norman McSwain, the trauma director at University Hospital, said one officer suffered a gunshot wound to his colon and the second officer was hit in the liver by a bullet. McSwain said both officers are in stable condition.

Police said the second suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries and was receiving treatment at the hospital, WWL reports.

Terry Smith, an employee of a nearby fast food restaurant, identified the dead man as a co-worker. Smith was angry at police, expressing doubt that the young man was involved in a crime.

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